President Cyril Ramaphosa is celebrating his 70th birthday today and was treated to cake and a song by members of his staff and other delegates.
Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Vincent Magwenya shared photos and a video of the president enjoying his day with the SAAF crew and the Jakarta delegation.
Ramaphosa’s birthday abroad
Currently attending the G20 summit, Ramaphosa was warmly greeted by the South African Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.
WATCH: Ramaphosa’s Jakarta birthday bash
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Snapshots shared on social media show the president surrounded by crew, posing with a cake.
In Jakarta, his staff had clearly taken him by surprise.
WATCH: Jakarta delegation
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— Dr. Zamani Saul (@dr_zsaul1) November 17, 2022
The aircrew of Inkwazi also treated the president to a round of celebrations “at the stroke of midnight”, Magwenya tweeted.
Meanwhile in South Africa, birthday wishes poured in. The African National Congress (ANC) wished the president well, along with “strength and good health”.
The party tweeted: “Continue serving our people with diligence, dedication and commitment.”
WATCH: Aircrew birthday wishes
— Presidency | South Africa ???????? (@PresidencyZA) November 17, 2022
The president also received a special video message from the Pretty Badgers School for Kids team, who wished him a ‘hiphip hooooraaaayyyy’.
WATCH: Pretty Badgers School 4 Kids
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) November 17, 2022
To celebrate his birthday, designer company Bathu shared a video of Ramaphosa showing off his customised kicks.
Bathu tweeted: “We take a moment to wish the first citizen a happy 70th birthday, As you walk your journey, we wish you nothing but prosperity, wisdom and health.”
Ramaphosa can be heard saying: “They even have my initials. I’m very cool, look at me, I wish they could see me now.”
WATCH: Ramaphosa showing of Bathu
— Bathu (@bathu_sa) November 17, 2022
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube extended “hearty congratulations to His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa on his 70th birthday”.
Ramaphosa celebrates his birthday amid the Phala Phala investigation, which could jeopardise his chances of a second term.
Parliament is scheduled to meet early next month to discuss the Section 89 panel’s report on the Phala Phala scandal.