Cyril Ramaphosa

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BornMatamela Cyril Ramaphosa
1952-11-17
Soweto, South Africa
Alma materUniversity of Limpopo, University of South Africa
Children4
SpouseTshepo Motsepe
PartyAfrican National Congress

[[|x22px|link=President of South Africa]] President of South Africa

In office
15 February 2018 - Present
Preceded byJacob Zuma

Employment.png President of the African National Congress

In office
18 December 2017 - Present
Preceded byJacob Zuma

Employment.png Deputy President of South Africa

In office
26 May 2014 - 15 February 2018

Employment.png Deputy President of the African National Congress

In office
18 December 2012 - 18 December 2017

Cyril Ramaphosa (born 17 November 1952) is a South African politician. He is the fifth and current President of South Africa, as a result of the resignation of Jacob Zuma,[1] having taken office following a vote of the National Assembly on 15 February 2018.[2]

Previously an anti-apartheid activist, trade union leader and businessman, he served as the Deputy President of South Africa from 2014 to 2018.[3] He was elected President of the African National Congress (ANC) at the ANC National Conference in Nasrec, South of Johannesburg in December 2017.

Ramaphosa is also the Chairman of the National Planning Commission,[4] which is responsible for strategic planning for the future of South Africa, with the goal of rallying the nation "around a common set of objectives and priorities to drive development over the longer term".[5]

Rand billionaire

Ramaphosa has been called a skilful negotiator[6] and strategist[7] who acted as the ANC's Chief Negotiator during South Africa's transition to democracy.[8] Ramaphosa built up the biggest and most powerful trade union in South Africa – the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).[9] 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.[10] Ramaphosa was Nelson Mandela's choice for future president.[11] Today, Ramaphosa is well known as a businessman and has an estimated net worth of over R6.4 billion ($550 million) as of 2017,[12] with 31 properties[13] and previously held notable ownership in companies such as McDonald's South Africa, chair of the board for MTN Group and member of the board for Lonmin.

Businessman

Despite his credentials as an important proponent of South Africa's peaceful transition to democracy, he has also been widely criticised for the conduct of his business interests[14][15][16][17][18] although he has never been indicted for illegal activity in any of these controversies. Controversial business dealings include acting as Chairperson for the MTN Group during the MTN Irancell scandal[19][20][21] when a disgruntled former employee, Mr Chris Kilowan, alleged that the organisation had bribed officials in Iran[22], however the Hoffmann Commission's finding concluded: "The committee exonerated MTN and found that Mr Kilowan who had given two statements in arbitration proceedings brought by Turkcell against the Islamic Republic of Iran and a deposition in the United States proceedings against MTN was in the words of the committee 'shown to be a fantasist and a conspiracy theorist'";[23] his joint venture with Glencore[24] and allegations of benefitting illegally from coal deals with Eskom which he has staunchly denied,[25][26][25] during which Glencore was in the public spotlight for its tendentious business activities involving Tony Blair in the Middle East; and his employment on the board of directors of Lonmin while taking an active stance when the Marikana Massacre took place on Lonmin's Marikana premises. On 15 August 2012 he called for action against the Marikana miners' strike, which he called "dastardly criminal" conduct that needed "concomitant action" to be taken.[27] He later admitted and regretted his involvement in the act and said that it could have been avoided if contingency plans had been made prior to the labour strike.[28] He is a member of the Venda ethnic group and the first President of South Africa from that group.

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