Cyril Ramaphosa congratulates Julius Malema on election performance

Cyril Ramaphosa congratulates Julius Malema on election performance

- Ramaphosa has praised Malema for his party's performance in the election

- The president said that Malema had worked hard

- The two appeared cordial at the Parliamanet building ahead of the swearing in of the sixth Parliament

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Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated Julius Malema on his party's results in this year's election.

The president met with the EFF leader at the Parliament building when the new MPs came to register.

The sixth Parliament is set to be sworn in tomorrow.

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The EFF grew during this election to claim a total of 44 seats in the National Assembly. It is the only one of the three main political parties to make any gains. Both the ANC and DA lost seats compared to previous elections.

While Malema had been highly critical of Ramaphosa on the campaign - even insisting that the president belonged in jail - the two appeared to be cordial with one another.

Ramaphosa praised Malema for his hard work, and Malema thanked him, according to Eyewitness News.

In a clip shared by the official EFF Twitter account, Ramaphosa can be seen shaking Malema's hand and embracing him, has gathered.

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This is not the first time Ramaphosa has worked his charm on the red berets' commander-in-chief.

Notably, during his Sona speech, Ramaphosa cracked jokes with Malema, in what has been widely viewed an attempt to defuse tension and dissuade Malema from interrupting the address. Previously, Malema and the EFF had heckled Jacob Zuma's Sona speeches.

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