Ramaphosa Elected South African President

Clay Curtis
May 23, 2019

A report by the ANC's Integrity Commission suggested he had brought the party into disrepute.

Sandile Zungu, BBC president, said that they were confident that Ramaphosa will also focus on ensuring that the era is free from state capture and corruption.

A former schoolteacher, Mabuza, 58, was linked to a succession of scandals while he served as premier of the eastern Mpumalanga province, ranging from accusations that he helped to rig internal party votes and state tenders to having his opponents silenced and even assassinated.

"I will seek to act and be the president of all South Africans and not just the president of those who voted for the party I lead and those who voted for the parties represented here, " Ramaphosa said while addressing the parliament after his election.

The biggest risk for Ramaphosa is that Mabuza knows the deep, dark, dingy holes in the underbelly of the ANC more than anybody else in the party's Top Six.

Mabuza's exclusion is a reminder of the scandals that have damaged the ANC's popularity and brought down Ramaphosa's predecessor Jacob Zuma, who was removed from power by the party a year ago and now faces prosecution for graft. Mabuza's ineligibility would clear the way for Ramaphosa to appoint whoever he pleases.

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The ANC requested its integrity committee look into the suitability of all proposed lawmakers. Ramaphosa didn't indicate what Mabuza was alleged to have done wrong.

The ANC easily won the May 8 general election.

Mokonyane had been nominated for a senior parliamentary position that entails holding the executive to account, but the ANC said it would now find someone else for the post.

Former Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane's withdrawal from Parliament also added to a day of high drama, which saw Ramaphosa elected unopposed to continue in the highest position at the Union Buildings. He then appoints his deputy and members of his Cabinet.

Whilst this all sounds like good news for those hoping for Ramaphosa to remain at the helm and rid the ANC of its more unsavoury elements, some insiders say that you write Mabuza off at your peril.

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