- The Presidency has clarified a controversial photo doing the rounds on social media which appears to show President Cyril Ramaphosa kneeling before the Zulu King
- Ramaphosa’s office said the photo was from last year and had no bearing on the current land debate
- The president has been outraged by the misrepresentation and insinuation created by the photo
The Presidency has moved swiftly to clarify a photo which is currently being circulated on social media. The photo appears to show President Cyril Ramaphosa kneeling before the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini and claims to have been taken over the weekend.
Ramaphosa’s official spokesperson Khusela Diko said the photo was taken in November last year when Ramaphosa was still deputy president of the country. Diko said the photo had absolutely no bearing on the current land debate.
Ramaphosa met with King Zwelithini on Friday to discuss the future of the Ingonyama Trust and how the government’s proposed land expropriation without compensation policy would affect the trust and other land owned by the Zulu monarch.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Diko said Ramaphosa was outraged by the misrepresentation and insinuation which had been created by the photo. Ramaphosa found reports and claims that he had been grovelling before King Zwelithini particularly disturbing.
Diko said the picture was taken in November of 2017 and was taken completely out of context. She said the Presidency needed to set the record straight and could not allow the insinuations to continue.
Diko said that while Ramaphosa had nothing but respect for traditional leaders and traditional laws he could not as the head of state abide by being misrepresented in such a manner.
eNCA.com reported that tensions between King Zwelithini and the ANC led government are high at the moment. King Zwelithini is believed to have prayed for the ANC’s internal battles to worsen after he was informed that the government looking into disbanding the Ingonyama Trust.
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