National 22.9.2016 10:07 am

Honorary doctorate for Cyril Ramaphosa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa smiles at a Cabinet Lekgotla in Pretoria on Tuesday, 10 June 2014. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa smiles at a Cabinet Lekgotla in Pretoria on Tuesday, 10 June 2014. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

Ramaphosa was conferred with the law doctorate for his role as one of the drafters of the country’s post-Apartheid constitution.

The University of Venda in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, will on Friday confer Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with an honorary doctorate in law, the Presidency said.

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said in a statement on Thursday that the Council and the Senate of the University of Venda had agreed to confer the honorary doctorate on Ramaphosa for “his role in overseeing the drafting of South Africa’s first democratic constitution”.

Ramaphosa previously served as a chancellor of the University of Venda from 1997-2009.

He also served as University of Venda’s Special Ambassador, where he launched a successful billion-rand capital projects campaign for infrastructural development at the institution.

Ramaphosa is a graduate of law from the University of South Africa (Unisa). He enrolled at Unisa after his expulsion from the University of the North (Turfloop) for political activism, which arose from the organisation of the pro-Frelimo rallies in 1974 under the banner of the then South African Students Organisation (Saso).

The University of Venda will this year be hosting a graduation ceremony for 456 students who qualified in various academic fields, including, among others, agriculture, education, natural sciences, law, management sciences and environmental sciences.

African News Agency (ANA)

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