- Cyril Ramaphosa spent a hefty R500 000 on a bull over the weekend
- The stud is a 940kg specimen named Jameson
- The president's passion for cattle is well-known, he has even published a book on the topic
Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly spent R500 000 on a Boran stud at a recent cattle auction.
An employee of the president's made the purchase on his behalf in Mpumalanga over the weekend.
The bull is named Jameson and is said to weigh 940kg.
Ramaphosa has long had a passion for cattle, even publishing a book on the animals entitled Cattle of Kings. He is also a breeder of Ankole, Boran and Bonsmara cattle, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
In fact, Ramaphosa is the largest breeder of Ankole in the country, according to The Citizen. He brought the breed to South Africa after first laying eyes on them in Uganda in 2004.
Ramaphosa has also previously auctioned off other expensive animals such as buffalo for as much as R4.1 million a head.
However, it may a little awkward for the president that he spent R500 000 on this particular bull, when this is the same amount as the donation allegedly made to his election campaign by former Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson.
The payment, as well as recently-leaked e-mails which show that Ramaphosa was more involved in fundraising than he had previously indicated, have become a major political headache for the president.
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