South African president pledges to "turn tide" on corruption

South African president pledges to

He complained that he had received "very unfair" treatment from the party.

After multiple corruption scandals, economic slowdown and falling popularity with voters, the ANC had threatened to oust Zuma via a no-confidence vote in parliament. Zuma denies all wrongdoing.

Ramaphosa was the only candidate nominated by parliament, which is dominated by the African National Congress (ANC) party.

He said Zuma's impeccable work within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU), as well as his commitment to advancing Africa's developmental agenda within the framework of BRICS (the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), are some of the many laudable achievements which have cemented the Zuma legacy.

There was an air of optimism in the National Assembly as Ramaphosa outlined his plan for the coming months.

"We are determined to build a society defined by decency and integrity, that does not tolerate the plunder of public resources, nor the theft by corporate criminals of the hard-earned savings of ordinary people", he added.

"We will change the way that boards are appointed so that only people with expertise, experience and integrity serve in these vital positions".

South Africa is by far the most industrialised nation in Africa and an economic powerhouse in Southern Africa and any instability in that country could have had far reaching consequences for the rest of the continent, particularly for Zimbabwe -its biggest trading partner in the region.


Brown said that he looks forward to higher levels of growth in SA.

Ramaphosa said he pursue a policy of "radical economic transformation" that will speed up expropriation of land without compensation, but said this should be done in a way that increases agricultural production and improves food security.

He has been succeeded by ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa who was sworn in on Thursday afternoon. Ramaphosa left government afterward and made his fortune in the business world.

After Ramaphosa was elected to head the ANC in December, he pledged to tackle some of the challenges facing the country.

Morocco and South Africa have for more than a decade given each other the cold shoulder on the backdrop of Pretoria's support for separatists in the Sahara.

"This is not a flash in the pan", Ramaphosa said.

One of Zuma's associates had failed to turn himself in following the raids on his family's property Wednesday.

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