Thursday, 28 November 2019 18:33

President Cyril Ramaphosa has withdrawn from this year’s Chairman’s Conversation hosted by Power FM following concerns raised by civil society organisations over assault allegations previously faced by the station’s boss and MSG Afrika chairperson,Given Mkhari.

Civil society organisations The Wise Collective and the Soul City Institute on Wednesday issued statements asking President Cyril Ramaphosa to withdraw from this year’s Chairman’s Conversation hosted by Power FM.

In July, last year, Mkhari and his wife Ipeleng were both arrested after they individually laid criminal complaints of assault against each other over an alleged fight they had in their home and subsequently withdrew the charges.

However Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko said “President Ramaphosa firmly believes that he, like every other South African, has a responsibility to do everything within his means to confront gender-based violence, and to do nothing that undermines the effectiveness of the national effort.”