What Next After Zuma’s Resignation?
South Africa’s Deputy President and current African National Congress (A. N. C) Chair person Cyril Ramaphosa is today set to be sworn in as President following the resignation of Jacob Zuma.
Ramaphosa will assume the position of president in accordance to South African Constitution which states that in the event of a vacancy in the office of the product, his or her immediate officer in command takes charge:
(a) The deputy president
(b) A minister designated by the president
(c) A minister designated by the other members of the cabinet.
Ramaphosa said his ultimate priority is reviving the economy of South Africa whose unemployment rate stands at nearly 30 percent with a majority of the youths being unemployed. He also stated that he intends to unite his party members and bring tgem on board in order to address the main challenges faced by the South African citizens.
“We must all do all we can to ensure that we turn economy around, ” he said admitting that it won’t be easy following reduced government-investor confidence as, as a result of corruption. Ramaphosa is expected to give his first public address as president tomorrow.
Zuma’s apparent resignation follows pressure from ANC after unrelenting graft allegations leveled against him. Among the allegations is the awarding of lucrative state contracts to the Guptas, a wealthy Indian family. He has since denied the allegations.
The outgoing president is also facing the possible reinstatement of 18 charges of corruption, fraud, and money laundering stemming from a 1990s arms deal.
This happens months before South Africa heads to another general elections next year.