In his message, the King expressed his “warmest” congratulations and sincere wishes to Ramaphosa for full success in his high office, and “ fulfilling the aspirations of the fraternal South African people for further progress and prosperity.”
The King has also reaffirmed his determination to work with the newly elected President to consolidate relations between the two countries, which have recently been promising, with the two countries vowing to open a new chapter of fruitful cooperation “based on constructive dialogue and mutual esteem.”
This cooperation, according to the King, will “bring these relations to the level of historical ties uniting the two peoples, serving their interests and promoting the unity and development of the African continent.”
Ramaphosa was named President of South Africa after the resignation of Jacob Zuma.
Who is SA’s New President?
Born in 1952, Ramaphosa is a businessman, a politician and a trade unionist. He took office on Thursday after former president Jacob Zuma was forced to leave the presidency by the African National Congress, which has long accused him of corruption.
The 65-year old newly appointed president served as the Deputy President of South Africa from 2014 to 2018. Ramaphosa was voted into the presidency of the African National Congress in December 2017.
Ramaphosa was also the president of the National Planning Commission.