Ramaphosa wows with language skills

2016-05-04 19:30


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Cape Town - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa showed off his language skills by switching between most of South Africa's official languages during a passionate speech about South Africa's potential on Wednesday.

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He included English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Sotho, Venda and Ndebele as he delivered a speech about "Our South Africa".

So passionate was he that one wag asked on Twitter: 

With the chamber cleared of Economic Freedom Fighters MPs, who regularly interrupt his speeches with accusations that he was behind the Marikana shootings, Ramaphosa told a story of "enriched lives" through government programmes.

This was in the same vein as President Jacob Zuma, who had earlier spoke of the successes the government was making in spite of difficult times.

The EFF had not wanted Zuma to address the National Assembly at all after a slew of court findings that the opposition believes justify him stepping down.

The party's MPs were pushed out of the chamber by Parliament's protection services when they would not back down.

During Ramaphosa's speech Clive Molokoane tweeted:  

#PresidencyBudget  Ramaphosa, wearing 'the people's President ' hat.

From Kuruman to KwaZulu-Natal and Free State to Ekurhuleni, Ramaphosa focused on positives such as people using stones to fix dirt roads, and a female trainee diesel mechanic who wanted to repair construction vehicles.

"She just blew our mind, all of us," he said.

He even had a good word for the #FeesMustFall movement who took over Parliament's precinct last year saying they did so because they are "desperately thirsty for education".

He praised communities who protest without damaging property and said they understood the need for engaged citizenry.

He looked forward to the day when no child in South Africa was born HIV-positive.

"We believe it is possible that we can have an Aids-free generation whilst we are still alive."

He acknowledged that the country was going through difficult times, and that it was learning from its mistakes. He was not specific on this.

However, everybody needed to find a way of moving the country forward.

rockboys @rockboysRocafel
#Ramaphosa is the true South African speaking different languages I'm inspired I need to learn more languages.

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