- President Cyril Ramaphosa is hosting the Presidential Golf Challenge on Friday
- This comes after the politician delivered his annual State of the Nation Address
- Touching on the EFF disruptions, Ramaphosa dubbed the move as unfortunate
After the start of his State of the Nation Address was delayed by the Economic Freedom Fighters, President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to the situation.
Commenting during his annual golf fundraiser, Ramaphosa said the delay had been unfortunate:
"We had to wait for an hour and a half, waiting to start the State of the Nation Address and for me, it was a delay that was imposed not only the Members of Parliament but the people of South Africa. The people of South Africa in their homes and wherever they were waiting to hear the State of the Nation. So, it was most unfortunate as far as I'm concerned that we as Parliamentarians displayed such a disregard for the ordinary people."
Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF had condemned Ramaphosa for 'protecting' Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, who the party accuses of destroying the nation's state-owned entities.
The Presidential Golf Challenge, according to Ramaphosa, has become something of a tradition. Last year, the funds raised for the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation constructed fully-functional ablution facilities for those in need.
The event encourages collaboration between the private sector and government, raising funds for a charity designated by the sitting president.
This year, Ramaphosa chose to nominate his own charity once again, also aiming to develop school sanitation facilities with the funds.
Joining Ramaphosa this year was his eight-year-old playing partner, Grade 3 learner Simthandile 'SimTiger'.
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