But Baleka Mbete, who was sitting next to him, appeared a little too excited.
The Speaker of the National Assembly planted a kiss on Cyril’s cheek, and then proceeded to rub her lipstick off. She also playfully tapped his face with her finger.
The moment raised many eyebrows, with some viewers thinking she kissed the president on his lips.
Here’s a look at what happened:
— Iman Rappetti (@imanrappetti) February 15, 2018
Ramaphosa seemed a bit flustered after the awkward moment – which didn’t go unnoticed by social media users.
Mbete was trending on Twitter on Thursday night.
“Baleka Mbete trying to kiss Ramaphosa live on national tv. secure the bag mama. That was awkward though LOL,” one tweep posted.
Some Twitter users claimed that she was trying to kiss the president on the lips, and not his cheek, but was pushed away by the president.
“Cyril Ramaphosa was ambushed by that kiss from Baleka Mbete. He wasn’t ready,” one user posted.
Another added: “Baleka Mbete did a lamza [French kiss]???”
— Daniel G (@ChueneDaniel) February 15, 2018
The speaker is not the only person making news for the wrong reasons following Ramaphosa’s big moment.
SABC anchor Peter Ndoro was dragged on Twitter for “killing off” the president on live TV.
“… from former president Thabo Mbeki about events taking place, not just here in South Africa, but in Zimbabwe as well, with the passing of Cyril Ramaphosa,” he says in the viral clip.
He meant to name Zimbabwean politician Morgan Tsvangirai, who lost his battle with colon cancer this week.
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