Ramaphosa accepts national orders withdrawals

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has accepted the withdrawal of three people who were nominated to receive National Orders in a ceremony scheduled to take place on Friday.

This follows objections from various sectors of society and on the recommendation of the National Orders Advisory Council.

The three names include that of Duma Ndlovu, journalist Freek Robinson and Mike Horne from the list of 35 chosen recipients.

The National Orders are the highest awards that South Africa, through the President, bestows on citizens and eminent foreign nationals.

Presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya says the decision was to maintain the integrity of the National Orders.

“To uphold the integrity of National Orders, the NOAC will further adopt measures to strengthen the selection process. These measures include a workshop which will be undertaken by Council members at the end of April 2023. Timelines of the selection process will also be reviewed.”