Head of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office at Luthuli House, Zizi Kodwa, is still campaigning for the ruling party, despite sexual assault allegations.
Kodwa, who has since stepped down as the ANC spokesperson following the rape allegations, was seen on Thursday, 14 March 2019, working closely with President Ramaphosa. The duo, along with other party leaders, were seen campaigning for votes in Soweto, Johannesburg, in a bid for the ANC to remain the ruling party in the Gauteng province.
A woman accused the former spokesperson of allegedly raping her at a hotel in Sandton in 2018. He had denied the allegations.
“At the outset, I deny these accusations with the contempt they deserve. I refuse to succumb to extortion and blackmail. Most importantly, I refuse to bow down to dirty tricks.
“I wish to expose and condemn this feeble yet dangerous attempt at political blackmail and manipulation,” read Kodwa’s response to the allegations.
Kodwa had voluntarily stepped down as the ruling party’s spokesperson after the allegations of rape surfaced. In an article published by the Sowetan on Thursday, 14 March 2019, Kodwa said that his role as the head of the president’s office should not be mistaken with his former role of spokesperson.
“I remain the head of ANC presidency and also a member of the national executive committee so wherever the president goes in relation to his programme, you will from time to time see me,” he said.
Kodwa also stated that, in due time, he would issue a statement relating to the developments of the allegations against him.