Celebrations for former president Thabo Mbeki’s 80th birthday

Thabo Mbeki, a former president, turned 80 years old. From June 14th, 1999, to September 8th, Mbeki presided over the democratic SA as its second president.

Ramaphosa commended Mbeki in a pre-recorded statement, stating that via his involvement, leadership, and presence, he continues to improve South Africa’s public life.

“Reaching this milestone in good health, supported by a positive attitude, and as always, wonderful humor, is cause for celebration. The oak tree, which stands for strength, perseverance, and wisdom, is reported to celebrate its jubilee every 80 years. Your position in South Africa’s public life is as such.

“It is more important now than ever that we remember why we’ve been elected. We were not elected to distract our people with false hope and promises,” Ramaphosa said.

“We want to tell you that we are steadily rebuilding our country back. We’re rebuilding, restoring the economy and creating opportunities for our people.”