South African president pledges to "turn tide" on corruption


Cyril Ramaphosa, the new president of South Africa's governing party, the ANC, and potentially the country's future president.

South Africa's new president Cyril Ramaphosa is preparing to give his first state of the nation address to a country with high expectations as he vows to curb corruption that flourished under his predecessor. In an indication of the challenges facing Ramaphosa, the two main opposition parties did not participate in the National Assembly vote, arguing it was a sham process because the ruling African National Congress party was tainted by its association with corruption scandals during the Zuma era.

The South African currency, the rand, has strengthened since Mr Ramaphosa's ascent, but the new president faces the long-term problem of sluggish economic growth and unemployment of over 25%.

The new president said his administration would concentrate on creating jobs and attracting investment, while also possibly downsizing bloated government departments and restructuring state-owned enterprises that are inefficient and prone to corruption.

He said Zuma had wished them well for the holding of SONA.

"This is the year in which we will turn the tide of corruption in our public institutions", Ramaphosa began.

On Wednesday, eight members of the powerful and wealthy Gupta family were arrested and accused of fraud and money laundering.

President Buhari has hence, expressed his interest to work with President Buhari.

"I will try very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa", Ramaphosa said soon after he was nominated as an unopposed presidential candidate and elected by his party.

"This means that we urgently need to develop our capabilities in the areas of science, technology and innovation", he told parliament.