JOHANNESBURG, Sept 5 (NNN-SABC) — South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is adamant that his recent sex scandal will not deter him from contesting the top position of the country’s ruling party, the African Natioanl Congress (ANC).

Ramaphosa, currently the deputy ANC president, is seeking the top post at the party’s elective congress this December when South African and current ANC President Jacob Zuma stands down from the top party post.

Ramaphosa was addressing ANC branches in Randfontein on the West Rand, about 50 kilometres west of here, Monday. The branches made it clear that they wanted Ramaphosa to lead the party as they head for the elective conference.

On Sunday, a newspaper released emails alleging that Ramaphosa was involved in extra-marital affairs with eight young women.

Ramaphosa said a social smear campaign against him represented the escalation of a “dirty war” against those working to restore the values, principles, and integrity of the ANC and society.

He said the report in the Sunday newspaper about alleged extra-marital affairs would not deter him ahead of the ANC’s elective congress in December.

Ramaphosa, who had admitted to having an affair eight years ago, said he and his wife had put the matter behind them.