President Kenyatta Begins Three-Day Tour to South Africa

South African ruling party president Cyril Ramaphosa faces an uphill task to recover public support for Africa's oldest liberation movement ahead of elections in 2019. By MUJAHID SAFODIEN

At left is a sign language interpreter.

Modern-day slavery in Libya formed part of talks between President Jacob Zuma and his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta.

"We also feel that while he is here, he will participate in the birthday celebrations of the ruling party", Zuma said.

It is the first time the President has set foot outside Kenya since he was reelected into office following a harrowing electioneering period and is expected to be in South Africa for three days.

The President commended the ANC leader for following in the footsteps of the founding fathers of the ruling party, saying the message of unity resonates well with their ideals. He sat down quickly next to ANC veteran and Rivionia trailist Anderew Mlangeni as the embarrassing boos continued.

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When officially welcomed by ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe, ANC members and supporters again booed Zuma loudly.

Mantashe then announced Kenyatta to loud cheers. "If you arrive late, you will miss out".

While new party president Cyril Ramaphosa's embarked on a unity charm offensive enjoyed overwhelming reception as when delivered the main speech for the night, attention was on Zuma when he arrived and occupied one of the front tables at the event. Ramaphosa appealed to the crowd to stop.

Kenya's head of state however manages to maintain his balance and pushes the door with his right hand as he gets ushered into a building to commence his tour that will see him hold a series of meetings with his counterpart Zuma and others. "What we need to do is to develop that relationship to a higher level to benefit our peoples and countries", said Ramaphosa.

To applause, he said he however embraced the differences as this would ignite deeper discussions about the direction the ANC and country must take. He was seen off by Deputy President William Ruto, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i and National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale.

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