On this day in history 24 years ago, Cyril Ramaphosa resigned from Parliament to pursue interests in the private sector.
On this day, 13 April 24 years ago in 1996, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he would leave Parliament. He was the secretary-general of the African National Conference (ANC) at the time.
Briefly.co.za learned that he announced his intention to resign after the Constitution was ratified. He left to become the deputy executive chairman of New Africa Investment Ltd (NAIL).
Ramaphosa was the most legitimate contender for the position of President of the ANC beside Thabo Mbeki.
Although he resigned from Parliament, he continued to be a member of the ANC.
In 2012 he accepted the position of deputy leader of the ANC and left his business interests to take up politics again. It was this return to the political scene which would eventually lead to Cyril Ramaphosa being elected as President of the ANC and South Africa.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported on President Cyril Ramaphosa's letter to the nation amid an extended lockdown was addressed to those involved in criminal activities.
Ramaphosa made it clear that there would be no mercy for those who attempt to try their luck:
"I have a message for those callous criminals who think they can take advantage. The criminal justice system is not on leave. You will be arrested, you will be tried and you will be put behind bars."
The president said that while most citizens were playing their part in the effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, criminals were seeking to exploit this crisis.
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