Deputy Pres resigned from International Crisis Group

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pretoria - Since his appointment in government, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has resigned from the International Crisis Group which is doing work in Lesotho, Sri Lanka and South Sudan, says the Presidency.  

“Deputy President Ramaphosa was previously involved with the organisation before he was appointed in government. Since his assumption of a role in government, Deputy President Ramaphosa resigned from the International Crises Group and was replaced in his role by Ms. Cheryl Carolus,” the Presidency said on Tuesday, following media reports of his involvement in the organisation.

The Presidency said Deputy President Ramaphosa is only a Special Envoy of President Jacob Zuma to Sri Lanka

He was announced a Special Envoy for Sri Lanka in February 2014 during State of the Nation Address by President Zuma.

One of the cornerstones of the South African initiative in Sri Lanka is to consult with stakeholders within and external to Sri Lanka as part of South Africa’s initiatives aimed at promoting a lasting political solution, peace initiatives, truth-telling and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

This includes some members of the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora.

The Presidency further dismissed media reports that Deputy President Ramaphosa visited Sri Lanka over the weekend, saying he merely refuelled in Colombo en route to Japan for his working visit. -