Ramaphosa and Patrice Motsepe trip to the Middle East a "family affair"

Ramaphosa and Patrice Motsepe trip to the Middle East a "family affair"

- Ramaphosa and Motsepe were seen together in pictures taken on the president's trip to the Middle East

- This has sparked concerns that the president's relationship to Motsepe might be a conflict of interest

- Ramaphosa is married to Motsepe's sister

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President Cyril Ramaphosa's recent trip to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is being hailed as a success after he secured a massive R130 billion investment into the energy sector of South Africa.

However, people are questioning why Patrice Motsepe. the president's brother-in-law, and his business delegation was spotted in the alongside the president's entourage.

The photo's have caused a great deal of debate within the ANC which has had the members of the organisation questioning if there may be a conflict of interest.

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Motsepe is one of Africa's richest men and has a net value of close to $2-billion (R25 billion).

Alongside Motsepe, Brian Dames was spotted, he is the former Eskom CEO and now the CEO of African Rainbow Energy & Power, a company belonging to Motsepe.

The company is heavily involved with the South African independant power producers (IPP) programme.


Besides Motsepe, Jeff Radebe was also spotted on the trip and is the minister of energy. Incidentally, he also happens to be both Ramaphosa and Motsepe's brother-in-law.

Ramaphosa appointed Radebe to the energy portfolio in February as one of the first major moves he made as president of the country.

During Zuma's presidency there were reports of the government making plans to sign a R1-trillion nuclear energy deal with Russia.

Since Ramaphosa came to power the government has distanced itself from the proposed deal and placed it on hold.

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Ramaphosa has been pushing for greater investment in renewable energy and Radebe signed a deal with IPPs in the region of R55-billion.

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