South Africa: Ramaphosa Can Restore Country's Voice, Democratic Leadership


In his first State of the Nation address to parliament, Ramaphosa struck a note of optimism and outlined a vision to revive the country's economy. Even though I believe most of what is said are lies, at least we will get to know of those lies from watching or listening to the address.

The charismatic Mr. Zuma, a former African National Congress (ANC) militant who spent a decade imprisoned with Nelson Mandela, moved his party notably to the left. He has served as country's deputy president since 2014.

He is mired in corruption allegations, involving nepotism, influence-peddling, and conflicts of interest.

Speaking after his election, Ramaphosa said "South Africa must come first in everything that we all do".

Mind you, the new South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, will have his work cut out.

Mandela reportedly favored Ramaphosa to take over for him as ANC leader, but in 1997 the party instead chose Thabo Mbeki, who later succeeded Mandela as president.

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

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Ramaphosa's comment that the mining sector should be treated as a sunrise sector and not a sunset sector was encouraging but one needed to be realistic, Lings said.

Others, Hartley said, didn't want Ramaphosa to assume the role as Mandela's No. 2 because he was a remainee and did not climb the ANC ranks in exile.

Born in 1952, Ramaphosa is a businessman, a politician and a trade unionist. He said his priority is to revive the country's economy, which will be a tough task with South African unemployment at about 30 percent, and almost 40 percent for young people.

Zuma resigned reluctantly after his party threatened to oust him via a no-confidence vote in parliament.

When asked about the struggles some athletes face after finishing their sporting career, Mr Morrison said: "I think the interesting thing is that you come into something knowing that you can't do it forever". He vowed to steer South Africa from the turmoil that has hurt the economy and briefly sent it into recession a year ago.

But he leaves office with several scandals hanging over him, and with South Africa's economy in dire straits.

FILE: Ramaphosa is congratulated by members of opposition parties.