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King Charles to host SA’s Ramaphosa in first state visit of reign | Government News

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President Ramaphosa’s visit will be the official visit of the King since Charles III ascended to the throne in September.

King Charles III will welcome South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to Britain next month for three days of high-level talks.

In a statement on Monday, Buckingham Palace announced that Ramaphosa had received an invitation from Prince Charles to make an official visit from November 22-24.

The South African leader will be accompanied by Mrs. Tsepo Motsepe.

South Africa is a member of the Commonwealth, a political group of 56 countries centered on former British colonies.

Ramaphosa’s predecessors, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, have been the country’s presidents since the first multi-ethnic elections in April 1994 and have made state visits to the UK.

Charles, still Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and Camilla welcome former South African President Jacob Zuma to the UK at the start of their official visit in 2010.

The new monarch has visited South Africa several times since 1997. At Mandela’s funeral in 2013, he said the world would be a “poorer place” without the man who guided South Africa’s transition from apartheid to multi-ethnic democracy. For his achievements he owes a “huge debt of gratitude.”

This visit takes place as Ramaphosa returns home to face a major scandal. Arthur Fraser, the former head of the nation’s spy agency, has accused kidnapping, bribery, money laundering and “criminal charges” in connection with the alleged theft of $4 million in cash found at his Falafalla Ranch in the northern South. accused the president of a cover-up. Africa.

The country’s parliament has launched an inquiry into the matter, and Ramaphosa could face an impeachment vote in the coming weeks.

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