Ramaphosa elected as South Africa's new president

Ramaphosa elected as South Africa's new president

South African police on Wednesday raided the home of a business family linked to President Jacob Zuma as the nation awaited word from the embattled leader on whether he will obey a ruling party order to quit.

He said South Africans must be able to punish the ANC for what it has done for 10 years.

The resignation came after the African National Congress (ANC), the country's ruling party, made a decision to remove the president from his role on Monday.

The new leader, one of South Africa's richest businessmen, was also chairman of the committee that prepared former President Nelson Mandela for release from prison in 1990.

"No life should be lost in my name".

Meanwhile, there was no immediate response from Zuma to an announcement Tuesday by the ruling African National Congress party that the president must leave office. "I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC".

"I will try very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa", Ramaphosa said in ending his speech to parliament shortly after ruling party lawmakers elected him.

Ramaphosa, 65, drew global acclaim for steering talks that ended apartheid, a system of institutionalized racial segregation, and produced South Africa's first democratic constitution. Born poor, Zuma taught himself to read and write and joined the anti-apartheid ANC at age 17.

In a TV address to the nation he gave up the presidency after nine years. He complained that Ramaphosa and other ANC leaders had not given him clear reasons about why he should go.

Cape Town - DA leader Mmusi Maimane has called for new elections following election of Cyril Ramaphosa as state president.

ANC officials have been reticent about why he should resign, an apparent reluctance to broach numerous corruption scandals. Zuma, 75, had said he was willing to resign early from his second five-year term but wanted to stay in office for several more months. He warned that infighting in the party could end in violence on the streets.

The family is suspected of using its connections to Zuma to influence Cabinet appointments and win state contracts and has been a flashpoint for national anger over corruption in state enterprises during Zuma's tenure. Increasingly, Zuma has been pummeled by graft scandals and complaints about the government's inability to turn around a sagging economy.

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