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Biography

Comrade Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected President of the African National Congress at its 54th National Conference in Nasrec, Soweto, on 18 December 2017. He is the 13th President of the ANC since its founding. Before his election, he served as the Deputy President of the ANC under the leadership of President Jacob Zuma as part of the National Executive Committee of the ANC as elected in 2012. He is the current Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa in the ANC's fifth administration in government.

Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa has served in the National Executive Committee of the ANC for 26 years. He was elected to the position of ANC Secretary-General at the 1991 National Conference, the first conference of the ANC in the country after unbanning, under the Presidency of Nelson Mandela.

He began his political activism in the 1970s during the period of students uprisings in the country, organised behind the banner of the black consciousness movement, which came to head during the 16 June 1976 massacre.

His election into the ANC and especially to the position of Secretary-General followed his reputation as an effective organiser and trade union leader following his term as General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). He led the founding processes of the NUM and went on to lead the union to stage one of the biggest and most effective industrial strikes in South Africa in 1987, leading to a three weeks shutdown of the entire mining industry. He emerged out of that political standoff between labour and capital as a renowned negotiator, reputed for his tough approach and ability to push a hard bargain whilst maintaining the respect of his opponents.

As part of his role as Secretary-general, he served as Chief Negotiator for the ANC at the Congress for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) at which the framework for a democratic transition was being mapped out. His experience as a negotiator in industrial conflicts asserted him as one of the key players in breaking stalemates and initiating strategic areas of consensus between opposing parties in that process.

After the first democratic elections in 1994, Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa was deployed in Parliament by the ANC and was elected as Chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly tasked with drafting the new Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. He was re-elected as Secretary-General of the ANC in its 49th National Conference in 1994.

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Speeches

20 December 2017 Closing Address by ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa to the 54th National Conference of the African National Congress
13 August 2017 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at OR Tambo Memorial Lecture, Andrew Mapheto Zone
12 July 2017 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 14th Congress of the South African Communist Party
26 June 2017 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 11th National Congress of the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union
7 February 2016 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC 104th Birthday Celebration in Limpopo
6 February 2016 Remarks by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC Limpopo Gala Dinner
5 December 2015 Address By ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at Cosatu's 30th Anniversary Celebrations Curries Fountain, Durban
29 September 2015 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at Freedom Charter Forum
25 September 2015 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association 3rd National General Council
16 September 2015 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Northern Cape Local Government Elections Summit; Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre, Kimberley
7 November 2014 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC Mpumalanga Gala Dinner
24 October 2014 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC Nelson Mandela Region Gala Dinner
3 October 2014 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Gauteng ANC Provincial Conference
19 July 2014 Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture, Bram Fischer Building, Mangaung
16 July 2014 Speaking Notes for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Preparation for the KZN ANC Unmediated Forum
26 June 2014 Speech by Acting President Cyril Ramaphosa on the occasion of the Black Business Council 2014
19 January 2014 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC Gauteng manifesto launch rally in Atteridgeville
10 September 2013 National Development Plan Lecture by the National Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa at the Wits University
21 February 2013 Address by Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC Deputy President to members of the Jewish Community

Sephadi

12 July 2017 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 14th Congress of the South African Communist Party

Media Statements

12 November 2013 Statement by ANC Deputy President on reaction to his comments in Limpopo
4 October 2012 ANC NDCA statement on the application lodged by the ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Disciplinary Committee
24 April 2012 Summary of the NDCA Ruling
17 April 2012 Announcement on the application by Julius Malema to set aside his summary suspension imposed by the ANC`s (NDC)
3 April 2012 NDCA Statement
24 January 2012 Statement of the ANC National Disciplinary Committee of Appeal
15 January 1996 Death of King Moshoeshoe II
30 July 1992 Statement on the PE Newspapers Boycott
8 March 1992 Statement by the NWC of the ANC on the trial by media of W. Mandela

Articles

12 March 2012 The content of the Constitution must align with its intent

Reports

19 December 1994 49th National Conference: Secretary General`s Report