- President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that his wife will soon make her own contribution to his Thuma Mina campaign.
- The Thuma Mina campaign has caused South Africans to call president Ramaphosa "the president with the golden heart".
- There were complaints about the political absence of the president's wife, but he soon silenced them
President Ramaphosa has been hard at work to set the foundation to help South Africa grow, and despite the constant verbal attacks from his opposition, he has been doing well in his time as South Africa's leader.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that when presenting the Presidency budget vote, Ramaphosa announced he has committed to donating 50% (yes half) of his Presidency salary to a trust in the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
The President stated this gesture was to honour the legacy and memory of former President Nelson Mandela. The donation amounts to approximately R3.6 million in a year.
The fund will be launched on 18 July 2018, exactly 100 years after the birth of Madiba and will be called the Nelson Mandela Thuna Mina Fund.
The President stated that the concept of the fund is a private, citizen-driven initiative that will call on people with the means to contribute to the fund to do so.
EFF leader Julius Malema had commented earlier on what he saw as the absence of the First Lady.
According to a Briefly.co.za report, Julius Malema took to Twitter to ask Ramaphosa where his wife was.
What happened to the First Lady Mr President @CyrilRamaphosa?
That question has led to tweeps telling Malema to back off, and a minor argument ensued.
This is only one of the many ways that the opposition has been trying to give the new president a hard time.
On a lighter note (but with a clear sting), DA chief whip John Steenhuisen complained that he had yet to receive the cigar that the president had promised him.
It hasn’t arrived yet and I certainly hope the delivery from the president is going to improve significantly.”
President Ramaphosa won't have the wind knocked out of his sails so easily, though. He said Steenhuisen would have his cigars soon.
When I sought to offer it to you, you looked most unhappy, depending on how you and I do today, you will have a box of cigars from me.
The president also put to rest Malema's evident concern with the First Lady. He said that she had a knee operation 3 months earlier and was still having trouble walking.
He added that she would soon be more active and making her own contribution in the best way she knows how: Early childood development.
I, therefore, invite you to visit some ECD centre where you may be able to meet her as you so admire her.
The new president and his wife is under constant scrutiny from opposition party members, but so far the couple has been doing relatively well.
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