Ramaphosa ditches UN General Assembly for domestic matters

File: President Cyril Ramaphosa.

File: President Cyril Ramaphosa.

AFP/Fabrice Coffrini

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa will miss next week's UN General Assembly to deal with critical domestic matters.

International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Naledi Pandor will lead South Africa's delegation in his absence.

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In a statement, the president says he's decided to remain in the country to implement government’s urgent measures on gender-based violence.

He also wants to oversee the restoration of order and stability in areas affected by public violence.

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Ramaphosa is set to meet with communities, civil society and government structures over the next few days, to address public concerns and challenges.