Thursday 19 October 2017


The deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says he will continue to serve the people of South Africa even if he is fired from his job.

Amid rumours that he might be given the boot from Cabinet soon, Ramaphosa told MPs that should President Jacob Zuma decide to remove him from his post, he would accept it, as it was the president’s prerogative to hire and fire members of his executive team.

“In relation to these statements that have been made about my removal, I must tell you that when I was appointed deputy president, I accepted the appointment because it is the president’s prerogative to appoint and to remove anybody on the executive,” Ramaphosa said.

“And if the decision is to remove me, I will accept that as a decision that would have been taken by the president, and I will continue serving the people of South Africa in one form, shape or another.

“That’s all I can say on this matter.”

Ramaphosa was responding to a question in the National Assembly from EFF MP Floyd Shivambu, who wanted clarity on reports that the deputy president’s days at the Union Buildings were numbered following Tuesday’s surprise Cabinet reshuffle effected by Zuma.

“Are you going to be removed as deputy president because your friend says you are going to be removed very soon? It might be this week or tomorrow, please clarify that,” asked Shivambu.

On Tuesday, Ramaphosa’s close confidant, James Motlatsi, told eNCA Zuma intended to use yet another intelligence report to justify the axing of the deputy president from the executive. citizen


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