- Cyril Ramaphosa has had an illustrious career in the ANC, government and the private sector
- His wife is an accomplished and kind-hearted woman who give of her time to help those less fortunate
- The Ramaphosa's children keep to themselves and out of the public eye and have not been involved in any controversial activities
South Africa's newest president has had an amazing career which has spanned over the political and private sectors. He was active in the labour movement and helped draft the Constitution of South Africa.
Cyril Ramaphosa was born on the 17th of November 1952 in Johannesburg. He was detained in 1974 for helping to organise pro-Frelimo rallies that were held in celebration of Mozambique's independence.
He was detained two years later after the Soweto uprising. He became the first general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers in 1982.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Ramaphosa was elected in 1991 to the position of African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General and subsequently became head of the ANC team that negotiated the transition to democracy according to sapeople.com.
After the country held its first democratic elections he was elected chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly. He helped to draft South Africa's Consitution.
In 1996 he left politics to pursue a career in the private sector. In 2001 he founded Shanduka Group, a diversified investment holding company.
Tragedy struck when 34 mine workers were killed by police at the Marikana platinum mine. Ramaphosa was blamed for siding with management instead of the workers. At this time he was one of the directors of the company that owned the mine, Lonmin. He publicly apologised for the contents of an email in which he referred to the workers as being engaged in “dastardly criminal acts”.
He resigned from Shanduka in 2012 after his appointment as Deputy President of the ANC. He holds a law degree from the University of South Africa and has received several honorary doctorates from local and international universities.
The First Lady
Ramaphosa is married to Dr Tshepo Motsepe-Ramaphosa. There is not much known about her as she keeps her life private.
She was born in Soweto and holds a degree in medicine and has a Master's Degree in public health which she obtained from Harvard.
Her brother is the business mogul and billionaire Patrice Motsepe. She is also the daughter of the late Chief Augustine Butana Chaane Motsepe.
She is Bridgette Radebe's sister who is married to Jeff Radebe who is the current Minister to the Presidency.
Dr Tshepo Motsepe-Ramaphosa is very concerned with those less fortunate and has worked in several African countries and a number of non-profit organisations. She is also the current chairperson of the African Self Help Trust (ASHA).
The trust's goals are to improve the lives of all people across Africa.
The Ramaphosas have three children, two sons and a daughter.
Andile Ramaphosa is a proud son who does not hesitate to jump to his father's defence as he did last year when Julius Malema accuses Cyril of beating his wife.
Little brother Tumelo is the CEO of StudEx Wildlife. He is passionate about protecting the natural world.
The daughter, Tulisa, was born from Cyril Ramaphosa's first marriage to Nomazizi Mtshotshisa.
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