South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa is New President

The news was broken on state television in South Africa. As expected Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday, 14th February, following pressure from the executive committee of the African National Congress ( ANC) . The resignation came amidst allegations of scandals and corruption against the President.

His vice, Cyril Ramaphosa takes over as the country’s new president. He was endorsed by the country’s 400- member parliament on Thursday, 15th February as the new President to finish Zuma’s term which ends with elections in 2019. Jacob Zuma becomes the second post apartheid president to resign after Thabo Mbeki.

Educational Background
Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on 17th November 1952. He grew up in Soweto where he attended primary and high school. The apartheid activist turned business magnet studied Law at the University of the North (Turf loop) where he became active in The Liberation Theology of the Black Consciousness Movement. His political activism got him jailed for six months.

Business and political life

In 1991, the young leader was elected the Secretary General of the African National Congress party (ANC). He led the ANC to draw up a new constitution for South Africa. In 1994, Mr. Ramaphosa lost the contest to become President Mandela’s deputy to Thabo Mbeki.
He then  focused on building a business company called Shanduka for over twenty years. The large investment holding has interests in sectors ranging from mining to fast foods.

Journey to Presidency

After failing to become President Mandela’s deputy, Mr. Ramaphosa remained close to the ANC as a member of the National Disciplinary Committee. During the party’s 2012 elective conference in Mangauna , he was elected the deputy president of ANC. Five years later, on 18th December 2017, he defeated Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, ex wife of Jacob Zuma and former Chairperson of the African Commission to become the party’s president.

Kathy Neba Sina

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