Zuma quits, Ramaphosa is elected President

Mr. Ramaphosa is South Africa’s fifth President since the end of the apartheid system in 1994



FEB 16

Zuma quits, Ramaphosa is elected President

  • Cyril Ramaphosa was elected South Africa’s President by the ruling party legislators after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, whose scandals brought the storied African National Congress (ANC) to its weakest point since taking power at the end of apartheid.

  • Mr. Ramaphosa was the only candidate nominated for election after two Opposition parties said they would not participate. The two parties instead unsuccessfully called for the dissolution of the National Assembly and early elections.
  • Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presided over the parliamentary election and congratulated Mr. Ramaphosa, who was Mr. Zuma’s deputy and in December was narrowly elected leader of the ANC over Mr. Zuma’s ex-wife. The ANC had instructed Mr. Zuma this week to step down or face a parliamentary motion of no-confidence that he would almost certainly lose. Mr. Zuma denies any wrongdoing.
  • Mr. Ramaphosa is South Africa’s fifth President since the end of the apartheid system in 1994.

Key points to remember

  • Cyril Ramaphosa
  • African National Congress (ANC)
  • Mr. Zuma