Cyril Ramaphosa prefers home over state house

2014-08-17 09:00

As deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa gets exclusive use of a secure, Victorian-style mansion in Pretoria as his official residence.

But the billionaire politician appears reluctant to move out of his plush home in Hyde Park, one of Johannesburg’s wealthiest suburbs.

Ramaphosa lives in a narrow street in the suburb and counts IT tycoon Robert Gumede as one of his neighbours.

When City Press drove past his house on Wednesday evening last week, the pavement opposite was lined with six Gauteng freeway patrol motorcycles, a number of Gauteng freeway patrol cars and two police VIP unit vehicles.

Although those who live near Ramaphosa speak highly of him as a “quiet, understated and very good neighbour”, his convoy has caused some traffic mayhem in the mornings.

“They just stop traffic. Often you have to sit and wait for up to 10 minutes,” said one neighbour. “Sometimes there are eight to 10 cars and a whole bunch of motorbikes with him. It’s so insane – it’s absolutely nuts.”

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