Meet Tshepo Motsepe: 4 facts about SA’s First Lady who stunned at SONA

Meet Tshepo Motsepe: 4 facts about SA’s First Lady who stunned at SONA

Ramaphosa has been winning favour with South Africans who have been impressed with how the president has swifty been addressing issues from the constant stream of scandal from the state capture inquiry, to keeping Julius Malema and the EFF in line at his second State of the Nation Address.

But even more impressive than the president himself, is wife and South Africa’s first lady, Tshepo Motsepe.

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Mzasi was blown away by the First Laady's grace at last night's proceedings and wanted to find ut more about the woman behind the president, Briefly.co.za found.

1.Intimidating academic background and qualifications

To begin with, Dr. Motsepe has an intimidating education and career background. She obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from University of KwaZulu-Natal before completing her Masters of Public Health from Harvard.

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2. Daughter of a chief

Motsepe is the daughter of Chief Augustine Butana Chaane Motsepe. The Chief was a pivotal leader of the Bakgatla-Ba-Mmakau tribe. He rallied his community together to stand against a Canadian mining company, ensuring that they pay royalties for the resources they extracted from the community’s land.

She is the mother to four kids with Ramaphosa;Andile and Tumelo and daughters Keneilwe (Kiki) and Mashudu.

3. Actively involved with the community

The doctor is the chairperson of the African Self Help Trust (ASHA). The trust helps develop creches in marginalised and vulnerable communities.

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She is also part of the South African Civil Society for Women’s, Adolescents’ and Children’s Health, the Students Sponsorship Program and the Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand.

Dr. Motsepe often speaks at conferences and seminars, defending the rights of women, children and underpaid domestic workers.

4. Loyal partner

After Cyril Ramaphosa admitted to having an affair almost ten years ago, Dr. Motsepe rebuffed cynics, saying that she had a happy marriage and supports her husband. In 2017, accusations against the president surfaced. Dr. Motsepo dismissed the reports as a "smear campaign".

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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