WATCH: Ramaphosa to address the nation on Brics outcome, Lady R
President Ramaphosa will address SA to reveal the outcomes of the 15th BRICS Summit, and to present the findings of the Lady R investigation.
President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: The Citizen/Nigel Sibanda
His address will also include the conclusion of the panel’s investigation into the docking of the Lady R vessel in South Africa.
Ramaphosa’s address: WATCH LIVE
Ramaphosa on Brics
The Brics bloc will grow from 1 January 2024 as six countries (out of the 23 which applied for membership) will be welcomed into the fold:
- – Argentine Republic,
- – the Arab Republic of Egypt,
- – the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia,
- – the Islamic Republic of Iran,
- – the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
- – the United Arab Emirates.
At the time, Ramaphosa said the Brics bloc was a diverse group of nations which represented an equal partnership.
The president also said Africa as a whole views the Brics partnership as a catalyst for “global growth and development that responds to the needs of all nations”.
Lady R news
It was revealed back in August that, yes, Russia’s Lady R was packing firepower… but ‘weapons were inbound’.
This was confirmed by an independent three-member panel, led by retired Judge Phineas Mojapelo.
On 9 May, Mojapelo was tasked by President Cyril Ramaphosa to investigate the docking at the Simon’s Town Naval Base on 9 December 2022.
The final report was handed to Ramaphosa on 4 August.
However, six days later, Minister for the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said President Cyril Ramaphosa still had to assess the findings.
The report has since cleared the South African government after an inquiry found that Lady R did not load any arms or ammunition onto the ship.