Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa (born 17 November 1952) is a South African politician. He is the fifth and current President of South Africa, as a result of the resignation of Jacob Zuma, having taken office following a vote of the National Assembly on 15 February 2018.
Previously an anti-apartheid activist, trade union leader and businessman, he served as the Deputy President of South Africafrom 2014 to 2018. He was elected President of the African National Congress (ANC) at the ANC National Conference in Nasrec, South of Johannesburg in December 2017.
He is also the Chairman of the National Planning Commission, which is responsible for strategic planning for the future of South Africa, with the goal of rallying the nation “around a common set of objectives and priorities to drive development over the longer term.
Some lawmakers in the National Assembly in Cape Town greeted the announcement on Ramaphosa, though members of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters party walked out of the chamber in protest during the debate.
Zuma’s nine-year presidency came to an end on Wednesday, when the 75-year-old announced that he would heed an ANC order and stand down ahead of a scheduled no-confidence vote against him in parliament.
His resignation in a televised address to the nation came after weeks of pressure to step down due to long-standing corruption allegations.
“I truly feel humbled to have been given this great privilege of being able to serve our people,” Ramaphosa said in an address to Parliament moments after he became President.
He pledged to act as a “servant of our people” and said he intended to lead with “humility, faithfulness and dignity. “I will try to work very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa,” Ramaphosa said. Supporters of the new leader sang and danced outside the National Assembly following his speech.
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