South Africa parliament to elect Ramaphosa as president

The expected election of Ramaphosa comes a day after embattled President Jacob Zuma resigned "with immediate effect".

Zuma resigned on Wednesday after the ANC announced Tuesday it had made a decision to remove him from office but did not give any reason.

Acting President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa in Parliament, in Cape Town, for a session to deal with former President Zuma's resignation and Ramaphosa's possible election and swearing, on February 15.

Commenting on Ramaphosa's accession to the presidential office, a number of experts told Sputnik that the new administration would take steps to cope with the existing South African problems and change government policies.

Cyril Ramaphosa is to succeed Jacob Zuma as South Africa's new president.

His nomination was seconded by veteran ANC MP Joan Fubbs, who said: "He is a selfless, disciplined leader and he knows he is here to serve the people of South Africa". This was delayed last week amid uncertainty about who should deliver it and Mr Zuma's reluctance to step down. South Africa's chief prosecutor is expected to make a decision on whether to prosecute Zuma on the old charges, which were reinstated past year after being thrown out in 2009.

Zuma's legacy, in most global media, is one "mired in corruption scandal" and not much reference to his struggle credentials.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presided over the parliamentary election and congratulated Ramaphosa, who had been Zuma's deputy and in December was narrowly elected leader of the ruling party over Zuma's ex-wife.

Lawrence Hamilton said: "Ramaphosa is no saint". To achieve this with any degree of haste he will need the support of a party that is beset by factionalism.

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.

"Make no mistake, no leader should stay beyond the time determined by the people to serve".

Another party, the Economic Freedom Fighters walked out of parliament in protest, rejecting the plan to elect the new president. Authorities did not disclose the identities of the three detainees, although South Africa's state broadcaster, SABC, said a Gupta family member was among those detained.

A man who served as his chief of staff in those years, a white South African now living overseas who has no reason to seek Zuma's approval, told me recently that he was a brilliant strategist.

  • Salvatore Jensen