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Ramaphosa wants to be president - of a club

2014-04-29 21:04
(Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Johannesburg - ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has admitted that he has ambitions to become president – of either his golf or fly-fishing clubs.

Ramaphosa was asked about his political ambitions by reporters attending an ANC breakfast on social cohesion in Parktown, northern Joburg, today.

“I go where I am deployed,” he said. “I’m deployed by the African National Congress, and now the ANC says go into government, and I’m ready to go into government.

If they say, when you get to Parliament we want you to be a janitor and open the door for everyone, I will do so, very, very gladly without any, any complaint whatsoever."

My great ambition is to be president – of a golf club where I am playing,” he teased the reporters, who sniggered.

“That is my greatest dream. I’d like to be president of that. I’d also like to be president of my fishing club. I go fishing, and there is a club that I belong to. I want to be president of that.

“That is the sum total of my ambitions, to be president of one of the two. No other ambition do I have.”

Ramaphosa, who is second on the ANC’s elections lists, is set to become the country’s deputy president after the elections following an ANC resolution in 2007 that the country’s presidency should reflect that of the party.

He is also likely to succeed Jacob Zuma as president, although there has been talk within the ANC that he could be challenged.

There has been some unhappiness with the role Ramaphosa, who served on the board of platinum producer Lonmin at the time, played in the shootings at Marikana in 2012.

Ramaphosa accepted nomination to the ANC’s deputy presidency in 2012 when it became apparent that then party deputy Kgalema Motlanthe would not be making himself available for the position.

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