Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Cyril Ramaphosa was born on 17 November, 1952. He is a South African politician. Cyril is the fifth and current President of South Africa, he assumed office on 15 February 2018. He followed the resignation of Jacob Zuma. Previously an anti-apartheid activist, trade union leader, and businessman, he served as the Deputy President of South Africa from 2014 to 2018. He was elected President of the African National Congress (ANC) at the ANC National Conference in Nasrec, South of Johannesburg in December 2017. He is also Chairman of the National Planning Commission, which is responsible for strategic planning for the future of the country, with the goal of rallying South Africa “around a common set of objectives and priorities to drive development over the longer term.
Despite his credentials as an important proponent of his country’s peaceful transition to democracy, he has also been criticized for the conduct of his business interests, although he has never been indicted for illegal activity in any of these controversies.
Ramaphosa is a very private person and not much is known about his personal life. He had previously been married to businesswoman Nomazizi Mtshotshisa, but the couple divorced. He later married Tshepo Motsepe, a medical doctor and the sister of South African mining billionaire Patrice Motsepe. Ramaphosa is blessed with four children.
Ramaphosa has received honorary doctorates from the University of Natal, the University of Port Elizabeth, the University of Cape Town, the University of the North, the National University of Lesotho, National University of Ireland Galway the University of Massachusetts Boston and the University of Pennsylvania just to mention but a few.