Cyril Ramaphosa – Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Tribe and Net Worth

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Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa (17 November 1952) is a South African businessman and politician who has served as the country’s fifth democratically elected president since 2018, as well as the African National Congress’s president since 2017.

Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa Biography

Ramaphosa was born on November 17, 1952, in Soweto, Johannesburg, to Venda parents. He is the second child of Erdmuth and retired policeman Samuel Ramaphosa’s three children.

In Soweto, he went to Tshilidzi Primary School and Sekano Ntoane High School. He graduated from Mphaphuli High School in Sibasa, Venda, in 1971, and was voted president of the Student Christian Movement. In 1972, he enrolled at the University of the North (Turfloop) in Limpopo Province to study law.

Ramaphosa got interested in student politics while at university, joining the South African Students Organisation (SASO) and the Black People’s Convention (BPC).

In 1974, he was sentenced to eleven months in solitary confinement under Section 6 of the Terrorism Act of 1967 for organizing pro-Frelimo rallies. Following the violence in Soweto in 1976, he was detained again and incarcerated for six months at John Vorster Square under the Terrorism Act.

He worked as a law clerk for a Johannesburg firm of attorneys after his release and pursued his legal education via correspondence with the University of South Africa (UNISA), where he received his B. Proc. Degree in 1981.


Cyril Ramaphosa joined the Council of Unions of South Africa (CUSA) as a legal advisor after finishing his legal qualifications and earning his degree. CUSA suggested that Ramaphosa establish a mineworker’s union in 1982, and the National Union of Mineworkers was established in the same year (NUM). Ramaphosa was detained in Lebowa on suspicion of organizing or planning to attend a meeting in Namakgale that had been prohibited by the local magistrate.

Ramaphosa accompanied released ANC political prisoners to Lusaka, Zambia, in January 1990. He was the head of the National Reception Committee, which planned Nelson Mandela’s release and following welcome rallies in South Africa, and he was also a member of the international Mandela Reception Committee. In July 1991, he was elected General-Secretary of the African National Congress (ANC) at a convention in Durban.

Ramaphosa was elected to parliament in 1994 after the country’s first truly democratic elections; on May 24, 1994, he was chosen chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly and played a key role in the government of national unity.

He resigned from his political roles in January 1997 after losing the election to Thabo Mbeki for President of South Africa and moved to the private sector, where he became a director of New Africa Investments Limited. In the 1997 election for the ANC’s National Executive Committee, he emerged in the first place.

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa at the Parliament

On December 17, 2012, he officially declared himself a contender for the Deputy Presidency, and he entered the race with the Zuma camp’s full support. He was elected as the ANC’s Deputy President on December 18, 2012.

On May 25, 2014, Jacob Zuma appointed Ramaphosa as Deputy President, and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng swore him in the next day. Cyril Ramaphosa has long been viewed as a possible presidential contender, having run in the 1997 ANC presidential election and lost to Thabo Mbeki.

In 2017, Ramaphosa stated that he would run for President of the African National Congress (ANC) for the second time. Ramaphosa was elected President of South Africa without opposition by the National Assembly on February 15, 2018, following President Jacob Zuma‘s resignation in February 2018. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng administered the oath of office to President Ramaphosa at the presidential residence, Tuynhuys.

Who is the father of Cyril Ramaphosa?

Samuel Ramaphosa

Is Cyril Ramaphosa a billionaire?

In terms of Rands, he is but not yet when his fortune is converted to United States Dollars (USD).

Which languages does Cyril Ramaphosa speak?

Ramaphosa speaks English, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu (not entirely fluent), Tsonga, and Sepedi. That’s a total of six languages.

What nationality is Cyril Ramaphosa?

He is South African.

Who owns Mcdonald’s in South Africa?

McDonald’s SA is owned by MSA Holdings which Cyril Ramaphosa sold to back in 2016.

Cyril Ramaphosa Age

As of 2022, he is 70 years of age.

Cyril Ramaphosa Wife

He was previously married to Nomazizi Mtshotshisa between 1991 to 1993 but the couple later separated. She died on the 22nd of February, 2008 in Johannesburg. Cyril Ramaphosa is currently married to Tshepo Motsepe who happens to be the current First Lady of South Africa. They got married in 1996.

Cyril Ramaphosa Children

Ramaphosa is blessed with five (5) children and their names are Tumelo, Andile, Kiki, Mashindu, and Tulisa.

Cyril Ramaphosa Tribe

He is a Venda man. The Venda are Bantu-speaking people from southern Africa who live mainly on the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Cyril Ramaphosa Social Media

You can connect with the businessman cum politician via various social media platforms.




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Cyril Ramaphosa Net Worth

His net worth in rands stands at R6.9 Billion ($450 million).

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