- Ramaphosa hosts a farewell party for Zuma
- Pictures from the Presidency show the two having a whale of a time
- And EFF threatens against Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba
South Africa’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa generously hosted a farewell soiree for his former president Jacob Zuma. The event was held at the Tuynhuys, the official office of the president, in Cape Town on Tuesday.
It was an event of great stature with the likes of various ministers, deputy ministers and Presidency officials, attending. It was hosted in tribute to Zuma "for his contribution to South Africa's development during his nine years in office", according to the Presidency.
A picture posted by the Presidency on Twitter, showed Zuma having jolly old time with Ramaphosa, despite the recent exchange of power.
Ramaphosa concluded his speech with a heartfelt quote from the late Hugh Masekela's Thuma mina or send me. Ramaphosa urged to all "send" him because, he said, "I wanna be there when the people win the battle against Aids; I wanna lend a hand; I wanna be there for the victims of violence and abuse; I wanna lend a hand; Send me."
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba was one of the evening’s attendees. Gigaba has had some shade shed upon him recently with the EFF demanding his removal due to his alleged involvement in state capture. The EFF called upon Ramaphosa to get rid of Gigaba as he allegedly participated in enabling the Guptas to have unnecessary excessive control over state-owned enterprises and other fundamental areas of state.
The party threatened to sabotage Gigaba's Budget Speech today if he proceeds to deliver it.
"The EFF rejects Malusi Gigaba and will boycott the budget vote if it is him who will be presenting it. To avoid disruptions, we will stay away from the House for the entire country to see that Ramaphosa is sustaining the legacy of disreputable ministers like Gigaba, awarding them with the privilege of presenting the country's budget which they have ensured it benefits corrupt interests of the Gupta syndicate."
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