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Ramaphosa faces new battles as head of ANC in South Africa
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Ramaphosa faces new battles as head of ANC  in South Africa



South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa faced wide-ranging challenges Tuesday after being elected to lead South Africa’s ruling party as it grapples with corruption allegations and disunity.

He narrowly won the vote to become head of the African National Congress (ANC) on Monday after a bruising race that exposed rifts within the organisation that led the fight against apartheid.

Thousands of raucous Ramaphosa supporters sang and chanted in the conference hall as rival backers of defeated candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma appeared dejected.

The victory puts Ramaphosa in line to succeed President Jacob Zuma, whose reign has been plagued by corruption scandals, a slowing economy and anger at the once-omnipotent ANC.

Zuma, who faces prosecution for alleged fraud, is now predicted to step down as national president next year after ruling since 2009.

“He is unlikely to hold out until the end of his term… as this will damage the party ahead of the 2019 election,” political risk consultancy Eurasia said.

“Zuma is thus likely to end his tenure sometime in the second half of 2018.”


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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2017, 05:07:43 AM »
 Poisoned chalice? –

Ramaphosa is set to enjoy a brief honeymoon period — the rand currency rose four percent against the dollar, suggesting investor confidence in the wealthy former businessman, before pairing gains.

But he still faces unenviable challenges on public sector cuts to control the ballooning budget and how to battle Zuma-era corruption.

Political analyst Richard Calland warned that Ramaphosa would be constrained by allies of Zuma who were also elected into top ANC positions on Monday’s vote.

“The winner has inherited a mixed blessing, possibly a poisoned chalice,” Calland told AFP.

“It’s going to be very difficult for him to manoeuver, he’ll have to reach compromise at every step.”

A vast image of the ANC’s new leader was unfurled as long applause and loud singing greeted the election result at the party conference venue outside Johannesburg.

Outside the hall, ANC supporters blocked a road leading to the conference centre, dancing and singing party songs.

Ramaphosa is due to make his first speech as leader on Wednesday as the conference draws to a close.

Zuma was seen as backing the campaign of Dlamini-Zuma, his former wife, allegedly to try to secure protection from prosecution after he leaves office.

The ANC, which has ruled since 1994 when Nelson Mandela won the first multi-racial vote, could struggle to retain its grip on power in the 2019 election due to falling public support.

“I hope you will cooperate with the new leadership… as we move to the 2019 elections,” Baleka Mbete, outgoing party chairwoman, told nearly 5,000 delegates who voted for the new ANC leadership

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