It is bad politics to talk badly of Africa: Ramaphosa

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says his message to US President Donald Trump would be that it is bad politics to talk badly of Africa, where humanity began. He is leaving the World Economic Forum in Davos in Switzerland on Thursday ahead of Trump’s address to delegates on Friday.

Ramaphosa says South Africa’s reception at Davos shows the country is experiencing a great moment. He has been, from a South African perspective, a darling in Davos. Business delegates say his presence has opened up doors.

He has been meeting with African heads of state and on Thursday he held a press conference with ministers, saying that South Africa has changed.

At a dinner hosted by Team SA on Wednesday night Ramaphosa charmed and mingled with guests and, as he has been throughout the trip, he was open and frank, picking up on the theme of Davos about a fractured world.

Ramaphosa has been careful, however, and has sidestepped questions about how the African National Congress is going to resolve the two centres of power, since President Jacob Zuma, despite much speculation, is still in his position.

He will not hear US President Trump; address delegates on Friday saying, with a smile, that he has lots to do back home. Ramaphosa has now jetted off promising to walk the Davos talk back home. Click below for more on the story: