SOUTH Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), taking over from Jacob Zuma.
Ramaphosa, the 65-year-old union leader, businessman and now one of South Africa’s richest men, has been chosen through a voting process seen as the most crucial for the party.
He has contested the party’s top leadership against sole rival, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 68, Zuma’s ex-wife, with 2,446 votes against the latter’s 2,261.
Nkosazana is also a former cabinet minister.
Though Zuma has thwarted attempts to annul his leadership role in the ANC over graft allegations, Ramaphosa’s victory may see his ouster. While campaigning, Ramaphosa unfavorably alluded to Zuma’s cozy relationship with the Gupta family, who, allegedly, used their contact with the president to exhort influence on cabinet appointments and state business.
The Guptas and Zuma have consistently denied those allegations.