Ramaphosa’s new social media names – Buffalo and Silili

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has been given a new name on social media. While he has been jokingly calling himself “Buffalo”, social media users are calling him “Silili”.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa at the East London Golf Course Picture: MARK ANDREWS


The #Silili has been trending on socila media since the beginning of this week ahead of the ANC 106th celebrations taking place at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London tomorrow.

Encouraging poverty-striken Duncan Village residents this afternoon, #Silili urged all “Buffalo soldiers, who are stay near the Buffalo River  to go to the Buffalo City Stadium to listen the Buffalo”.

Meanwhile, social media users are commiting that they will be at the stadium using the #SiyezaSilili.


The name initially came to be known during the nomination period in the lead up to the Nasrec conference, with some leaders using it as well. OR Tambo acting regional secretary Mesuli Ngqondwana told the Dispatch the time that “I can safely say most branches have nominated Silili [sic],” Ngqondwana said, referring to a code name for Cyril Ramaphosa in rural villages.


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