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First family: President Ramaphosa’s wives, children and ‘mistress’

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First family: President Ramaphosa’s wives, children and ‘mistress’

Cyril Ramaphosa – who will be sworn in as president during an inauguration – has been married thrice and has confessed to having a ‘mistress’

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All eyes are on Cyril Ramaphosa, who will be sworn in as president for a second term in an inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, 19 June.

Much attention will also be paid to his closest supporters, his wife and children.

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PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA INAUGURATION: WHAT TO EXPECT

On Wednesday, the presidential inauguration ceremony of Cyril Ramaphosa will take place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Formal proceedings will begin at 11:00.

Thirty years ago, former president Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president at the same venue.

Dignatories from across the world, including 18 Heads of State and Government, three former Heads of State and Government, and nine Heads of Delegation, are expected to attend.

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Cyril Ramaphosa (R) takes the oath of office at his inauguration as South African President, at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, on May 25, 2019. (Photo by SIPHIWE SIBEKO / POOL / AFP)

A statement from the presidency read: “The ceremony will be witnessed by South African and international guests, including royalty, Members of Parliament, representatives of political parties, leaders of organised labour, business, and civil society organisations, religious leaders, and South Africans who have excelled in various capacities and endeavours.

“Attendees will include representatives of regional, continental, and international organisations and bodies such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the United Nations (UN).”

Countries that will be represented at the inauguration include:

  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Zimbabwe
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Angola
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Palestine
  • Cuba

WHO IS THE FIRST FAMILY?

Cyril Ramaphosa is married to Tshepo Motsepe, his third wife. Tshepo – a medical doctor – is the sister of billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe.

The couple have three children together – son Tumelo is also a businessman and an avid gym enthusiast, and daughters Keneilwe, an architect, and Mashudu, a law student.

The President also has two other children from previous marriages. They are; firstborn son Andile from his first wife Hope, and daughter Tulisa, whose mother was Cyril’s second wife, Nomazizi Mtshotshisana, who died from an illness in 2008.

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CUPCAKE’ AND HIS CONFESSION OF A ‘MISTRESS’

On social media, President Cyril Ramaphosa has often been referred to as “Cupcake.” But where does the nickname come from?

According to IOL, the term of endearment was given to the president in 2017, as seen in messages allegedly sent to him by multiple women amid allegations he was sleeping with and financing several young women. In a leaked email, Ramaphosa – then running for the presidency – also allegedly used the term “cupcake” to describe one of the women.

In a sit-down interview with the Sunday Times, Ramaphosa admitted to having an affair with a woman from Limpopo.

He said: “I had a relationship with only one person, and it ended. I dealt with it with my wife. We now have a professional relationship.”

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