Ramaphosa to De Lille: I'm in so much need of love - AS IT HAPPENED

2019-05-22 15:00

Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as president of South Africa.

Parliament. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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22 May 17:57

STATEMENT: The BBC congratulates President Ramaphosa on his election as RSA President and calls for a Fit-for-Purpose Cabinet  

The Black Business Council (BBC) congratulates Mr Cyril Ramaphosa on his election as President of the Republic of South Africa.

This election, on his official first-term as State President, demonstrates the country’s confidence in him to spearhead economic recovery and renewal.

The BBC is confident that the President will also focus on ensuring that the era is free from state capture and corruption.  

“The BBC also calls for the President to appoint a fit-for-purpose streamlined cabinet that will put the interest of South African first. As the BBC, we sincerely anticipate a leaner cabinet made-up of men and women of integrity who will be single-minded in addressing the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality,” says Sandile Zungu, BBC President.  

Zungu added: “We commend and applaud the Deputy President of the ANC, Mr DD Mabuza for following his conscience by postponing his swearing in as a Member of Parliament in order to address the ANC Integrity Commission’s concerns as this sets a positive tone for the new administration”.

Greater focus in the 6th Administration should be on legislation that will stimulate the acceleration of socio-economic transformation and SMMEs development as the cornerstone of job creation.  

“The BBC is available to become part of the solution as we join business, government, labour and community in rebuilding the country as well as restoring and growing the economy,” concluded Zungu.  


22 May 17:53
The House adjourns. 

22 May 17:53
The Speaker asks MPs to go take a group photo. 

22 May 17:52
Lastly, he congratulate Mme Modise for being elected Speaker of the National Assembly. He leaves the stage, applause follow. 

22 May 17:50
He says IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi "is a reservoir of wisdom" in the House. "I wish that your wisdom can spread in this House". 

22 May 17:46

22 May 17:44
The president thanks De Lille for offering him her "conditional love". He says, indeed, he is in need of love. 

22 May 17:42

22 May 17:37
He thanks Maimane and Malema for their "kind words".

22 May 17:35
He says that he will not allow the House to degenerate. 

22 May 17:31

22 May 17:31
Collectively, we have a mandate to build a nation through the principle of social justice, says Ramaphosa. 

22 May 17:28
He says he will not only be a president of those who voted for him. 

22 May 17:27
Ramaphosa promises to do the best job as president. I will be a president of all South Africans.

22 May 17:24
Ramaphosa takes to the podium. 

22 May 17:11
COPE's Mosiuoa Lekota says he will not give advice to the president because he has never been a president, nor an acting president. 

22 May 17:09
ATM asks the president to respect his oath of office. 

22 May 17:08
"The party of land and revolution", the PAC, also congratulates the president, and thank him for "realising that the land is the wrong hands".  

22 May 17:01
GOOD's Patricia de Lille takes to the podium to congratulate the president. 

22 May 16:58
UDM leader Bantu Holomise congratulates Ramaphosa in a short speech. 

22 May 16:55
ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe calls on the president to fight corruption.

22 May 16:51
Groenewald says "we must pray" for the country. 

22 May 16:49
"You must ensure the interests of the people are more important than the interests of ANC," says Groenewald.

22 May 16:48
VF Plus' Pieter Groenewald now addresses the House. He congratulates Ramaphosa. "There's a huge responsibility on your shoulders," he tells president. 

22 May 16:46

22 May 16:45
Malema warns Ramaphosa on a possibility of another state capture. He urges Ramaphosa not to be captured by the "Oppenheimers and Stellenbosch". "We will be watching you," he says.

22 May 16:42
Malema calls on Modise to respect Chapter 9 institution. 

22 May 16:41
He praises Modise for standing by struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizel-Mandela "when it was not fashionable to do so". This was during the apartheid era when her character was attacked by apartheid's Stratcom operatives.  

22 May 16:39
Malema congratulate "imbokodo of Mkhonto we Sizwe", Modise for being elected Speaker. He further calls on her to be impartial when conducting debates of the House.

22 May 16:37
He urges the president to fight and not "shield" corruption. He further call for collaboration with the ANC, "so we can serve our people" better. 

22 May 16:36
DA leader says bagaetsho, dumelang. He says he wished God bless Ramaphosa. 

22 May 16:34
He congratulates Ramaphosa and hands over to the Speaker.

22 May 16:33
The Chief Justice declares Ramaphosa a duly elected president of the country. 

22 May 16:31
Ramaphosa accepts the nomination. 

22 May 16:30
Her nomination is seconded. 

22 May 16:29
An MP elects Cyril Ramaphosa as President. 

22 May 16:27
The election of the President of the Republic begins. Mogoeng takes to the podium. 

22 May 16:14
Religious leaders are now called to bless the House. 

22 May 16:13
He thanks the voters for voting the ANC to power in this year's elections. 

22 May 16:12
"I'm grateful," he says. 

22 May 16:12
Tsenoli thanks the Speaker, the ANC in its entirety for the election. 

22 May 16:11
Solomon Lechesa Tsenoli elected Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly. 

22 May 16:10
Malema jokingly nominates Mme Sibongile Khaula. Khaula, of course, declines the nomination. 

22 May 16:09
Solomon Lechesa Tsenoli is nominated by one ANC MP, seconded by another ANC MP. He accepts the nomination. 

22 May 16:07
The nomination of a deputy speaker of the National Assembly begins. 

22 May 16:06
She asks that debates be conducted in a way that helps constituents of different political parties represented in Parliament.  

22 May 16:05
She asks MPs to represent their constituents well in Parliament. 

22 May 16:02
She thanks MPs for the election. 

22 May 16:02
Modise asks MPs to seat down. She thanks the Chief Justice. 

22 May 16:01
Mogoeng congratulates Modise on winning the election, calls sergeant at arms to help her ascend to the seat. 

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