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Ramaphosa rejects state house: Report

By Sapa | Aug 18, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 42 ]

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa preferred to live in his own house in Hyde Park, Johannesburg than move into a state house, City Press reported on Sunday.

Ramaphosa preferred to use his private home because his family, including his wife Tshepo Motsepe and some of their four children, still lives there, his spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa told the newspaper.

Mamoepa said two neighbours with entrances near Ramaphosa's gate had been 'understanding" and "accommodating and relate well with the security detail," according to the report.

As deputy president, Ramaphosa is entitled to use a Victorian-styled mansion in Pretoria as his official residence.

Deputy presidents also have the use of the Highstead official residence in Groote Schuur Estate when in Cape Town. There is no official residence in Durban.

Ramaphosa is assigned a comprehensive security detail, which includes permanent guards at his home and installation of a guard house, according to the report.

He moves with a larger convoy of vehicles than ordinary ministers because he has more VIP protection officers.


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So long as you don't copy your boss - and you don't let the State spend millions on a swimming pool, chicken run, cattle kraal, tuck shop and so on - and so long as your blue light convoy adheres to the traffic laws - then well done on setting an example to the rest of your colleagues.

Aug 18, 2014 7:20 | 0 replies


Blue light convoy is meant to break rules, hence the lights and sirens; same as all other emergency vehicles, they must and will always break rules. When I see them on my rearview mirror or hear the sirens, I simply give way with no qualms. Some amongst have have a stinking attitude, they even block the road for ambulances. If you do not know why they are in a hurry, who they are etc, just give way and there will be peace. I still have to check the PFMA to determine as to whether we cannot have Thuli investigating Mr Ramaphosa for 'fruitless and wasteful expenditure', we pay for the state house, he does not use it and we pay too much for petrol, vehicles service and overtime for the security detail, above all, the state will have to build a guardhouse for the security personnel.

Aug 18, 2014 7:53 | 3 replies


JohnStone, wrong. Emergency vehicles don't break rules when they jump robots, etc, because the rules are different for them. They are allowed to do it. The blue light convoys, however, are not allowed to do it, as they are not emergency vehicles. But I agree with you. No need to be macho on the road. Give way and let them get away from you. Much safer that way. I'd rather be late for heaven than early in h3ll.

Aug 18, 2014 8:1 | 0 replies


Politicians are not emergency services. They have ZERO right to jump robots or speed (unless there is an immediate danger).

That nonsense of not allowing ambulances and fire trucks through seems to be a Joburg problem. You don't get that in Pretoria.

Aug 18, 2014 9:9 | 0 replies


Blue light convoy is meant to break rules, hence the lights and sirens; same as all other emergency vehicles, they must and will always break rules. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

You are SO right, the blue light gang DOES break the rules BUT emergency vehicles always use caution be it at robots, fre.eways or any other road....... they DO NOT bulldoze motorist off the roads

Aug 18, 2014 10:4 | 1 replies


Old people are also a menace for bikers John.

Aug 18, 2014 12:42 | 0 replies


Now this is a real fighter. Unlike those who say one thing and do something else. I wish those wearing red can follow...

Aug 18, 2014 8:25 | 3 replies


We are not sure what motivated that decision though,

Aug 18, 2014 8:52 | 0 replies


Buffalo is a rich politician , He can manage his finances unlike his boss zuma and malema , Those two guys are hungry for money and power , Lets give credit where its due well done Buffalo

Aug 18, 2014 10:58 | 0 replies


fighting nice in his mansion whilst his constituence live in abject squalor and poverty,

Aug 18, 2014 3:29 | 0 replies


this will not change the fact that he is a Buffalo soldier who kills blacks for money. this is not a sign of gratitude but guilty feeling, and sadly this will not redeem and cleanse his image, he is a bad man and will die a bad man

Aug 18, 2014 8:49 | 3 replies


Which 'blacks' did he kill? If he had sat back and ignored the killings and violence in Marikana, you would be swearing at him. He nags the police to do the job they should have been doing and you swear at him. What do you really want?

Aug 18, 2014 9:32 | 0 replies


He is your future president and he is better than nkandla warrior

Aug 18, 2014 11:14 | 1 replies


zuma hinted that next president will be his wife, the KZN anc has this sorted already,

Aug 18, 2014 3:41 | 1 replies


ex wife meant to say, zuma prefers to keep it in the family and tribally. cause lets face it, nkosazana is not all that great if one has to look at her being a docile leader of AU

Aug 18, 2014 3:43 | 0 replies


lol on point Socrates

Aug 18, 2014 3:40 | 0 replies


I cannot wait till this guy becomes a president. JZ your days are numbered

Aug 18, 2014 8:51 | 2 replies


hi there, do you like this guy?

Aug 18, 2014 9:46 | 0 replies


if u follow politics very well, u would know chances of him becoming a president are very slim

Aug 18, 2014 10:51 | 1 replies


Ugly profile picture

Aug 18, 2014 11:57 | 1 replies


Nasty, i don't like it

Aug 18, 2014 12:35 | 0 replies


I wud do the same if the state-house is crapier than my house! Lol!

Aug 18, 2014 8:51 | 2 replies
Aug 18, 2014 10:13 | 0 replies


I bet it's not to the wife's taste, hence the decision

Aug 18, 2014 12:33 | 0 replies


Why would he want to stay in the state house when he's got his own house and I bet it looks much better than the state house and Mr Ramaphosa doesn’t need your states money to build his own chicken house and a swimming pool?

Aug 18, 2014 8:55 | 1 replies


Precisely, the man is rich and probably the comfort of his house is thrice that of the state house.

Aug 18, 2014 8:59 | 0 replies


Socrates, if you can prove that he took their lives then its something else otherwise it will only remain your opinion and that does not always count.

Aug 18, 2014 9:4 | 0 replies


He moves with a larger convoy of vehicles than ordinary ministers because he has more VIP protection officers >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I wonder how much does that cost a month????????

Aug 18, 2014 10:2 | 0 replies


Rams for President

Aug 18, 2014 10:26 | 1 replies


Nice breast Uyarhalisa babes yazi

Aug 18, 2014 10:59 | 1 replies


for once Mshove, nibokhe niyeke ubatywa sies

Aug 18, 2014 1:58 | 1 replies
Aug 18, 2014 3:44 | 0 replies


Zumaville has just been pronounced the property of the State as it has been determined that it was built from the proceeds of stolen taxpayers money. Comrade Ramaphosa will be using the residence as a retreat and bush lodge once he takes up his position as head of State. Thx Cmrde DiTikoloshe.

Aug 18, 2014 10:38 | 1 replies


Really that's the only good news I've heard today

Aug 18, 2014 4:13 | 0 replies