President Cyril Ramaphosa later welcomed Noah as his special guest in parliament on Thursday.
“Honourable speaker, it’s a real joy to welcome Trevor Noah among us, over there,” said Ramaphosa as he pointed to Noah amid loud applause and whistling from MPs.
His Excellency President @CyrilRamaphosa has a courtesy visit this afternoon from one of South Africa’s biggest exports, comedian @TrevorNoah, ahead of his oral reply to the National Assembly in Cape Town, Western Cape. #RamaphosaQandA pic.twitter.com/JmW1k7WEGt
— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) March 7, 2019
“Trevor, I never get this type of applause so I am jealous,” the president quipped.
“We welcome Trevor, he’s come for an assignment but he’s come home as well.
“I had a moment to chat to him about his work. I was particularly impressed about the foundation that he’s set up to work on education which is run by one of his colleagues, Charlene, so we applaud him for ploughing back into the country once again,” Ramaphosa told MPs.
“But he’s also here to come and look at me and all of you to make fun of me, he’s promised that he’s going to make fun of me. So he will stay for a while and leave at his own leisure,” Ramaphosa said good-naturedly.
— President Cyril Ramaphosa