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As Ramaphosa Hails a ‘New Dawn,’ South Africans See More of the Same

Refiloe Mapanya had closely followed the tumultuous changes in South Africa’s leadership in recent days: a political knife fight inside the long-governing African National Congress that brought to power President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Immediately after he was sworn in as South Africa’s president on Thursday, Mr. Ramaphosa, who had served as Mr. Zuma’s deputy for more than three years, began trying to change perceptions.

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Cyril Ramaphosa will outline his strategy to restore economic growth, fight corruption and tackle entrenched inequality in South Africa in the first major speech of his presidency.

Ramaphosa reached out to opposition parties, telling parliamentarians “South Africa must come first in everything we do”. “Issues to do with corruption, issues of how we can straighten out our state-owned enterprises and how we deal with ‘state capture’ are issues that are on our radar screen,” he said, in a reference to alleged improper influence over government institutions, ministers and state-owned businesses by Zuma’s associates.


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'It's a new day' - cautious optimism greets Ramaphosa era in South Africa

Though Cyril Ramaphosa, Zuma’s replacement as South Africa’s president, was only hours from being sworn in as the country’s new head of state, a combination of steady rain and disillusionment dampened any excitement in the crowded and poor township on Johannesburg’s ragged northern outskirts.

Prices of many staples in South Africa have soared in recent years – one reason for the flagging popularity of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and its leadership.


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Ramaphosa due to become SA president

Mr Zuma was under intense pressure from his own ANC party, which told him to step down or face a vote of no-confidence in parliament.

A government statement says the National Assembly will elect a new president of South Africa in Cape Town on Thursday afternoon. It is often said that Mr Ramaphosa has had his eye on the position of president since the ANC came to power in 1994.


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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigns

His departure ended a leadership crisis in one of Africa's biggest economies and set the stage for ruling party lawmakers to elect acting president Cyril Ramaphosa, previously deputy president, as Zuma's successor.

The ANC expressed gratitude for Zuma's "loyal service" and issued a statement saying his resignation provided "certainty to the people of South Africa." It also encouraged party members to support Ramaphosa, who is expected to be elected swiftly in a parliament vote and sworn in.


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Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa's president

Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has resigned after days of defying orders from the ruling African National Congress to leave office and on the eve of a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Duarte said: “Having taken the difficult decision to recall Comrade Zuma, the ANC nonetheless salutes the outstanding contribution he has made and expresses its profound gratitude to him for the role he has played in the ANC over 60 years of loyal service.”



“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte