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[Breaking] | President Cyril Ramaphosa Invited To The White House


President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses South Africa after unrest broke out last week in various parts of the country over detention of former South African President Jacob Zuma, who failed to appear before a corruption investigation in Durban, South Africa.


Police have arrested 2,500 people suspected of involvement in inciting violence and they will be given priority, Ramaphosas said.    Show Source Texts


The Nelson Mandela Foundation, the legacy of late leader of the Anti-Apartheid struggle and South Africa's first black president, said violence over the past two decades had reached "disturbing levels".


Tucker Carlson made an undercover attack on the former US President Barack Obama when he called President Cyril Ramaphosa a racist.    Show Source Texts


Diplomatic channels reached out to the president of the United States, but the White House said that he could not attend due to scheduling conflicts.


White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump had received the invitation, but no decision had yet been made.    Show Source Texts


A White House statement last week from Press Secretary Jen Psaki highlighted the virtual COVID-19 global summit that took place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

At a briefing on the preparedness for the inauguration earlier this week, Minister for Presidency, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said that the Head of State and Head of State of the SADC Region had been invited by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the Chairman of the African Union.    Show Source Texts


According to an official statement from officials from the government, Ramaphosa was invited together with French leader Emmanuel Macron to the G7 meeting in Biarritz and will discuss free trade, digital economy and climate change.


He will be accompanied by Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister for International Relations and Cooperation. He will also meet Chancellor Merkel to discuss bilateral and regional issues.    Show Source Texts


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the main guest at the celebrations of Republic of India Day 2019, ANI news agency reports.


He will be the second South African head of state to take part as the main guest in the Republic Day parade in 2019.


In January 2018 it was announced that President Jacob Zuma would not lead the South African delegation for the second time to the World Economic Forum and the South African government announced that Cyril Ramaphosa would lead the delegation to promote investment and business in South Africa.    Show Source Texts


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa attends the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebration commemorating Mahatma Gandhi's return to South Africa from India.


His acceptance came after a fiasco in which US President Donald Trump turned down the invitation. In April of this year, Ramadan Hosa led 5,000 people to the annual Gandhi Walk in Lenasia, an Indian village near Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela's election as South Africa's future president, to raise awareness and improve the health of the community.    Show Source Texts


On Friday,- President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the unrest that swept South Africa last week had stabilized and calm had returned to most affected areas, but that the destruction had cost the country billions of rand.


He was expected to address on Wednesday at the invitation of the United States President Joe Biden at a virtual global COVID-19 summit in Pretoria.


At the invitation of the US President, he will address the summit on Wednesday as one of the most important heads of state and government.    Show Source Texts


Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa (born November 17, 1952 in New York) is a South African politician who has been the President of South Africa since 2018 and the President of the African National Congress (ANC) since 2017.


An anti-apartheid activist, labor activist and businessman, he was under President Nelson Mandela ANC's general secretary, vice president under President Jacob Zuma and the Chairman of the National Planning Commission from 2014 to 2018.


In December 2012, he was elected ANC vice-president at the 53rd National Conference in Mangaung.    Show Source Texts


After completing the constitutional process, he left Parliament and his position as ANC Secretary-General and became self-employed and joined New Africa Investment Limited.


As General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), he was instrumental in founding the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and played a prominent role in the mass democratic movement (MDM) when it merged with the United Democratic Front (UDF) against apartheid government.


Ramaphosa was elected the 13th ANC President at the 54th National Conference in Johannesburg in December 2017.    Show Source Texts


He also appointed former Finnish President Maarti Ahtisaari as weapons inspector for Northern Ireland.


Cyril Ramaphosa was a close friend of Nelson Mandela, working to topple Jacob Zuma and root out corruption, not least by boosting foreign and domestic investment in the economy.


In 2014, he became South Africa's vice president and registered as a member of the pressure group in parliament, revealing his wealth.    Show Source Texts

Carlson's report followed visits by right-wing groups such as AFRIFORUM and South African Institute of Racial Relations to the US, where they met with alt-right organizations and think tanks such as the libertarian Cato Institute, established and funded by the Koch brothers, to complain about proposed amendments to Section 25 of the Constitution.


When Trump's tweet greeted MP Corne Mulder, the party said it was working with the US government on injustices in South Africa, from murders of farmers to expropriations without compensation.


Cyril Ramaphosa, a close confidant of Nelson Mandela, won a long-running criminal case against Jacob Zuma over bribes to a French arms-securing company more than a decade ago.   Show Source Texts


Ramaphosa's inauguration on Saturday at Loftus Versfeld, home of Blue Bull, will cost South African taxpayers R120 million.


The business community favors the Ramaphosa wing because of its greater openness to international trade and investment.


There is also the Shanduka Foundation, which focuses on education and small business development, and it consists of the Adopt-A-Schools Foundation and the All Blacks under the umbrella of the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust.   Show Source Texts


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