Mandela Day

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Hand in hand: Ramaphosa and Zuma spend Mandela Day together in Eastern Cape

Cyril must have felt especially great after his reception alongside Obama…

Mandela Day

Photo Credit: GCIS

While everyday South Africans have looked to spend their 67 minutes giving back this Mandela Day, President Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma decided to do their bit at an extra special location.

Mandela Day: Former Presidents galore

The current and former South African presidents came together in the Eastern Cape town where Nelson Mandela was born, Mvezo. With 18 July marking 100 years since Madiba was born, the pair handed over 100 bicycles to pupils from the Mandela School of Science and Technology.

The bicycles were also split between the Makgatho Lewanika Mandela primary school.

While many of the pupils have to spend money on transport or walk long distances to get to school, the bicycles are expected to provide great relief.

Mandla Mandela was also in attendance to welcome the two presidents.

Fellow Former President Kgalema Motlanthe made it a trio of leaders as he joined his ANC colleagues in a tree planting ceremony at The Royal House of Mandela, Mvezo Komkhulu.

Ramaphosa later went on to hand blankets to older citizens before officially opening the new Mvevo clinic.

While the crowd was delighted with Ramaphosa, Mandla Mandela had some assistance distributing his blankets thanks to current Miss World Manushi Chhillar and former Miss World Rolene Strauss

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Zuma went on to later address the celebrations as the afternoon came to a close.

With a clearly friendly relationship between the Ramaphosa and Zuma, the public support for Ramaphosa was a stark contrast to the last time US President Barack Obama was in SA.

While introducing Obama at the Nelson Mandela Lecture on Tuesday, Ramaphosa had to wait for the crowd to stop chanting and singing his name. When Obama spoke at Mandela’s 2013 memorial, the stadium erupted into boos everytime Zuma appeared on screen.

During the lecture, Obama even saved some special praise for Ramaphosa.