South Africa: Deputy President Ramaphosa elected leader of ruling ANC

By on December 19, 2017

Country’s Vice President and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa won Monday ruling African National Congress (ANC)’s leadership voting process becoming 14th President of the party and the likely future president of the country in 2019, the year the current President Jacob Zuma’s mandate will end.
Ramaphosa won therace by the narrow margin to beat Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma; former African Union (AU) Commission chairperson.
Ramaphosa received 2,440 and Dlamini-Zuma 2,261 votes held at Nasrec exhibition center
Ramaphosa will lead the troubled ANC party for next five years and is expected to unify the party.
The new leader is a disciple of the former country icon Nelson Mandela. He was viewed as the future leader the party when the latter dies. Ramaphosa retired from politics and emrassed business but only made his comeback in 2012 after being appointed as Vice-President.
The opposition believes that Ramaphosa’s election will not change anything given all division in the party and corruptions scandals in which President Zuma is marred.
“The ANC is dead and cannot self-correct, no matter who is at the helm,” DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement shortly after the result was announced.
“This is because the party itself is held together only by the glue of patronage and corruption and Cyril Ramaphosa is just a new face to the same old ANC,”said Democratic Alliance (DA) said in a statement.

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