South Africa: Ramaphosa's first test is to bust ANC corruption

After decades at the top of the African National Congress, Cyril Ramaphosa has at last risen to the top.

According to ANC tradition, as deputy president of the party he is first in line to succeed Mr Ramaphosa as president of the party in 2022 or 2027.

Mr Ramaphosa won by a narrow 179-vote margin out of the 4,776 delegates who eventually were allowed to vote after court rulings in three of South Africa's nine provinces invalidated the questionable credentials of more than 100 delegates.

In the meantime, South Africa will simply have to wait and see what Ramaphosa's leadership brings.

His options may now be restricted within the ANC, but he remains well placed to become South Africa's next president, a position with formidable constitutional powers to hire and fire. A lot of them feel he will succeed in undertaking damage control after the previous corrupt leadership. Zuma continues to face charges that he works only for himself. We are committed to supporting the transformation of South Africa into a more equitable and prosperous society. The goal of making South Africa great. But even though Ramaphosa would have preferred a deputy other than Mpumalanga Premier David "DD" Mabuza, and must have groaned at the return of Jesse Duarte as Deputy Secretary General, they will quickly get behind him. She was a founder of the ANC Women's League, an assistant to Nelson Mandela, and remained a strong supporter of Zuma when others in the then-"Top Six" were falling away. He has many allies still in the ANC, an increasingly riven and factional organisation.

Cyril Ramaphosa's victory in a grueling battle to lead South Africa's ruling party may have been the easy part. Bloodshed in such circumstances, overlaid as the arguments are by ethnic differences, is all too possible.

As the WSWS reported, the principal aim behind the formation of the Farlam commission to investigate the massacre was to whitewash the ANC's role, and that of Ramaphosa in particular. The leadership elected around him has some ambitious people in it, not least Mabuza, who appears to have handed victory to Ramaphosa by backing him when it had been widely assumed he was backing Dlamini-Zuma. The sector also accounts for 25 percent of exports in Africa's most industrialized economy.

Racial justice, economic efficiency and redistribution of income and wealth in South Africa are not incompatible aims, if they are balanced and carefully pursued. "I think from my own point of view I made my contribution", Zuma said Monday. The government too needs to be run for the people, and the obscene theft of state funds by individuals and families through the process of state capture has to be ended, not just because it is simply illegal and immoral, but because it destroys economic confidence and undermines investment.

South Africa is an emerging economy with vast potential still to become an economic powerhouse for Africa.

Apartheid-era structures and laws have only helped reinforce authoritarian habits (as happened when Robert Mugabe used the self-same laws that had been used to persecute him under white rule to persecute any and all of his enemies). Few areas of government are untarnished. That means, potentially, the surgical excision of many within the new ANC national executive. "If you had told me in 1994 (the year of the country's first free election), I would have been in despair". There was never any room for complacency, however, and the current schisms in the ANC create themselves new dangers for the country.

Msingo said that he would no longer support the ANC because of the corruption allegations swirling around Zuma who became party leader in 2007 and president in 2009.

  • Rosalie Stanley