Johannesburg - Newly-elected president of the African National Congress (ANC) Cyril Ramaphosa, on Tuesday went shopping with the party's new treasurer-general Paul Mashatile during a walkabout among the small businesses plying their trade outside the Nasrec Expo Centre where the party is holding its 54th national conference.
Letting off steam following a bruising election for the party's top job against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a relaxed Ramaphosa casually strolled around the stalls selling ANC merchandise, while chatting to the hawkers and journalists, with a not very heavy security detail in attendance.
On Saturday, Jacob Zuma, whom Ramaphosa succeeded as ANC president, also did a walkabout, meeting and interacting with some of South Africa's big business representatives, including from Nedbank, Vodacom, South African Breweries, CellC, and MTN among others.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners have set up food and merchandise stalls outside the ANC conference venue where more than 4,000 delegates have gathered since Saturday to elect new leaders and decide the party's path for the next five years.
At one stall, Ramaphosa stopped to buy ANC T-shirts, costing R300 each, for himself and Mashatile, using R200 notes, but jokingly remarking that the items were "expensive".
Ramaphosa also stopped by another stall to buy music CDs of anti-apartheid struggle songs and a black dashiki shirt with an ANC logo.
When asked if he would "fit it" to make sure that the t-shirt was the right size, Ramaphosa said he knew his size and hadn't gained or lost any weight as a result of the conference.
Ramaphosa, was also set to make a few remarks to the assembled media after his walkabout, though he is still to make his first official address to the conference as ANC president.
African News Agency/ANA