'Jealous down'! Ramaphosa applauds EFF's election performance

File: More popular than his party for the first time since Nelson Mandela in 1994, and more trusted than the leaders of the opposition, Cyril Ramaphosa can claim to have saved the ANC’s bacon.

File: President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated EFF leader Julius Malema on the party's performance during the 2019 general election.

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JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa congratulated EFF leader Julius Malema on the party's performance in this year's general election.

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"I have a message for you, congratulations! I was telling deputy that you worked hard, jealous down," said Ramaphosa.

The two met in Parliament on Tuesday as they registered ahead of the swearing-in of Members of Parliament on Wednesday.

Malema will lead a team of 44 MPs.

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This is 19 more representatives than the party had before.

The party received over 10 percent of the vote in this year's election almost doubling the 6 percent they received in 2014 national election.

The party has also performed exceptionally well in all nine provinces becoming the official opposition in three provinces.