The lighter side of Ramaphosa's election day

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While Ramaphosa's own Minister's might not have been there to wish him well on the Day he was elected President, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen shared a cigar with Ramaphosa that he had saved for "a special occasion."

JOHANNESBURG - Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as President of South Africa on Thursday, but some key players missed the proceedings, raising some eyebrows. 

Notably missing on the day were Bathabile Dlamini, Minister of Social Development, as well as Mosebenzi Zwane, Minister of Mineral Resources. 

 


 

 

 

Dlamini is under fire for her role in the Sassa social grants debacle with an inquiry underway to determine whether she should personally pay for the Constitutional Court case on social grants.

READ: Dlamini contradicts herself under oath

Zwane has been linked to the contentious Vrede dairy farm project in the Free State (he was MEC for Agriculture in the province at the time of the project&39;s launch).

On Wednesday a number of people were arrested by the Hawks for their ties to the project, and on Thursday, the Hawks confirmed that Ajay Gupta is not a fugitive of the law and on the run. 

READ: Estina dairy project suspects granted bail, Ajay Gupta &39;a fugitive from justice&39;

While Ramaphosa&39;s own Minister&39;s might not have been there to wish him well, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen shared a cigar with Ramaphosa that he had saved for "a special occasion."

 

 

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba was in Parliament for Ramaphosa&39;s election but was glued to his tablet.

It was reported that Gigaba was playing Candy Crush while ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu was speaking.

He&39;s said to have put the game away when President Cyril Ramaphosa began giving his speech.

Gigaba is rumoured to be one of the Cabinet Ministers who might get the boot, now that Ramaphosa is officially elected as president of the country.

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It was Ramaphosa&39;s day though on the whole and as he was appointed President, he was congratulated with a kiss, a resounding round of applause, and vocal singing, and even the Rand celebrated.