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Raila close ally South African president Ramaphosa’s statement throws Ruto’s inauguration team in disarray

by Joshua Wanga
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President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, who’s also known to be a close associate of Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga is making a last minute announcement that is expected to throw the President-Elect’s inauguration ceremony team in disarray.

Making it clear that he won’t be attending the ceremony, the president has taken to Twitter to reveal that he will be touring the Jagersfontein-Charlesville which was struck by a deadly mudslide that left three people dead. This now means that the president will have to be represented by his deputy David Mabuza.

Ramaphosa’s lengthy post read,

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Monday, 12 September 2022, visit the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State where a mudslide has claimed lives and destroyed homes.

The President’s thoughts and prayers are with the families of three people who lost their lives in the incident which allegedly involved a pipe burst from a mine at Jagersfontein around dawn today, Sunday, 11 September.
Four persons have been reported missing while 23 patients have been treated for hypothermia and four for broken legs. 
The President wishes injured survivors a speedy recovery and a positive outcome in the search for missing residents of the Charlesville neighbourhood.
The President appreciates the rescue and recovery efforts in which emergency services and police from towns surrounding the mine and from Mangaung are engaged 

Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa (born 17 November 1952) is a South African businessman and politician who, since 2018, has served as the fifth democratically elected president of South Africa, as well as president of the African National Congress (ANC) since 2017. Previously an anti-apartheid activist, trade union leader and businessman, Ramaphosa served as secretary general to ANC president Nelson Mandela, deputy president to President Jacob Zuma, and chairman of the National Planning Commission from 2014 to 2018.

He has been called a skillful negotiator and strategist, who acted as the ANC’s chief negotiator during South Africa’s transition to democracy. Ramaphosa built up the biggest and most powerful trade union in the country, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). He played a crucial role, with Roelf Meyer of the National Party, during the negotiations to bring about a peaceful end to apartheid and steer the country towards its first fully democratic elections in April 1994. Ramaphosa was Nelson Mandela’s choice for future president. Ramaphosa is well known as a businessman, and his estimated net worth is over R6.4 billion ($450 million) as of 2018, with 31 properties and previously-held notable ownership in companies such as McDonald’s South Africa, chair of the board for MTN and member of the board for Lonmin.

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