- Cyril Ramaphosa’s sister and Peter Hain have showed their support for the new president
- Ramaphosa’s older sibling said her brother would not disappoint the people,
- However, Peter Hain agrees Ramaphosa would be a great president but states he would face daunting challenges
President Cril Ramaphosa’s sister is confident her brother would not disappoint the country’s people.
Ivy Ramaphosa, the older sibling of the South African president, described her brother as a honest and God-fearing person.
Ivy added their upbringing had a lot to do with Ramaphosa’s great values, which includes his love for others, the respect he has and his calm demeanor.
The City Press reported Ivy was proud of her brother’s accomplishment, stating the family had prayed for “this day”, adding it was finally there.
“I knew this was the next step after he was elected the leader of the ANC in December,” his proud sister added.
Ramaphosa, who is the third president to come from Soweto, was elected the new head of state on Thursday.
Briefly.co.za gathered his sister said it was because of God that Ramaphosa received the position as president, saying “he is where he is today because of the good Lord”.
“We have never thought as the family that one of the good days he will be president, but he was chosen by the people. I wish him all the best in his new responsibility but knowing him, I know he will do his best for South Africa.”, Ivy added.
Meanwhile, former anti-apartheid activist and South African-born British politician Lord Peter Hain arrived in Johannes recently.
Hain spoke to Fin24 about Ramaphosa’s election as the new head of state, as well as the challenges the new head of state faced in his goals to rid the government of corruption.
According to Hain, who is well known for demanding UK-based companies implicated in the state capture allegations to stand accountable, it was extraordinary and amazing to witness the momentous change in the country.
Hain credited the pressure South Africans placed on the ANC for the change now taking place.
“I don’t think this would have happened had it not been for the vigorous civil society pressure”, he said.
Although Hain and Ramaphosa are not friends, the UK politicians said he met Ramaphosa a few times, adding the new president was an “exceptional individual”.
Hain also called Ramaphosa a “skilled negotiator”, referring to the part he played in Zuma’s resignation.
“He’s a detail man as well as a vision man, very, very bright, so I think South Africa is blessed to have him as a leader in the Mandela mould”, Hain continued to praise Ramaphosa.
However, despite all Ramaphosa’s good qualities, Hain said the new president would be facing a challenging road ahead.
Hain said it would not be an easy task for Ramaphosa to rid the ANC of corruption since it was “in the DNA of the whole system of government now".
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