Cyril Ramaphosa succeeds Zuma as South African president

Cyril Ramaphosa has become South Africa's president a day after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned.

He was the only candidate nominated by parliament, which is dominated by his African National Congress. MPs broke into song at the announcement. In his first presidential speech, Mr Ramaphosa, 65, said he would tackle the corruption which allegedly became widespread under Mr Zuma. The ANC had told Mr Zuma to step down or face a vote of no-confidence. Mr Zuma faces numerous corruption allegations but denies any wrongdoing. One allegation is that he allowed the wealthy Gupta family, to whom he has personal ties, to wield influence over policy, in an example of "state capture". An arrest warrant has been issued for Ajay Gupta, one of the three most prominent Gupta brothers, officials said on Thursday. This follows a raid by the Hawks, an elite police unit, on their home on Wednesday. The family has denied corruption allegations. President Ramaphosa told parliament that corruption and state capture were "on our radar screen". He is due to deliver a State of the Nation address on Friday. This was delayed last week amid uncertainty about who should deliver it and Mr Zuma's reluctance to step down. One opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, walked out of the parliamentary debate. It wants new elections, rather than the ANC deciding on the identity of the new president." SOURCE: BBC

Everything you need to know if Zuma leaves

As the country gears up for Zuma’s exit, we reveal what changes consumers can expect in the country, if Zuma falls on his sword and finally gives in to the National Executive Committee’s (NEC’s) call for his resignation.

Will South Africa enjoy victory?

According to Chief Economist at Investec, Annabel Bishop, South Africa has already enjoyed a victory of R30.2 billion foreign investment since Cyril Ramaphosa succeeded Zuma as President of the African National Congress (ANC) at the end of 2017. This strengthened the rand by close to R2 against the dollar. Bishop says that financial markets favour Ramaphosa as it is perceived that he will deliver good governance.  

Zuma's damaging leadership

Meanwhile, Zuma’s leadership has been severely damaging to the country, suppressing investment and economic growth. Bishop notes that business confidence has been depressed since 2009, averaging at 41%. This is significantly lower than the neutral 50% level. During Zuma’s leadership, there has been credit rating downgrades and higher cost of borrowing.  

Changes we can expect

Given South Africa’s Constitution, whether Zuma is removed from office through recall or a no confidence motion, the Deputy President, Ramaphosa will then occupy office and complete the term of the removed President. The new President will then also be allowed to fill two of his own terms as President afterwards. Bishop says that based on fina

Cape Town drought declared a ‘national disaster’

South Africa has declared the drought which has seen Cape Town hurtling towards "Day Zero" a national disaster. The government made the announcement after reassessing the "magnitude and severity" of the three-year drought. It has badly affected three of the country's nine provinces. The decision came as Cape Town announced its water saving measures, which require each citizen to use less than 50 litres a day, had successfully pushed back "Day Zero" to 4 June. Just a matter of weeks ago, the date that Cape Town's taps were predicted to run dry was 12 April. Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA), which runs both the city of Cape Town and Western Cape province, tweeted: brick In another tweet, he revealed the average water use in Cape Town, a city of about four million people, was below 550 million litres. Two years ago, it was at more than a billion litres per day. It has been no easy task for Cape Town's residents. The 50 litre limit is just enough for a very short shower and one flush of the toilet a day when other needs - including just one load of the washing machine a week - are taken into account. However, the decision to declare a national disaster means the central government - which is run by the African National Congress (ANC) - will now take responsibility for

Can you survive on 50 Litres of water a day?

In light of the city’s news yesterday, here are some tips on how to survive on 50 Litres or less a day. The City of Cape Town released a statement saying, "we have reached a point of no return" with a detailed implementation of the new Level 6b water restrictions that limits residents to 50 Litres of water per person a day (double the amount of what is expected when Day Zero arrives). Even if the city restricts us to 25 Litres per day, I would rather that came through my taps than having to stand in a queue and lug it around. It serves us all to save now! We can’t do much about the politics and we can’t do anything about the weather, but we CAN all come together to try and save the day! Let’s save water while we still have something to save. At this point literally EVERY DROP counts! My family of five (including infant twins) uses between 30 and 40 Litres per person per day. This is what we do... In the bathroom 1. Collect clean water that you run off before showering while waiting for hot water, and use this for cooking and drinking. We have a closed container with a tap that we then move to the kitchen when it is full; this is adequate for our cooking and drinking needs. 2. Collect any grey water you can and use that to flush the toilet. Turn off the taps to the toilet so you don’t accidentally forget. (I have found 40 years of habit hard to break). 3. Turn the shower off while soaping and only on for a few secon

The battle for top ANC posts in Mpumalanga has begun

The real contest is for the powerful positions of chairperson and provincial secretary, which are key in provincial politics.

The stage is set for the battle for control of the ANC in Mpumalanga and senior members are putting their names in the hat to replace former ANC chairperson David Mabuza. Mabuza, who is also premier, was elected as the party’s deputy president at the December national conference. He is also expected to vacate the premiership portfolio. The real contest is for the powerful positions of chairperson and provincial secretary, which are key in provincial politics. Last week, party activists put forward David Dube as their candidate for chairperson. Dube shot to prominence as a campaigner for ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa, alongside veteran politician Fish Mahlalela, who is also said to be eyeing the position. Dube and Mahlalela belong to the same faction, but one side within the camp wants Dube and another backs Mahlalela. Dube’s supporters said he was a “humble” and “down-to-earth” leader whose PhD would put him in good stead to guide municipalities and provincial departments to deliver services. Peter Nyoni, head of the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, is also vying for the post. Dube, Mahlalela and Nyoni will be challenged by current provincial secretary Mandla Ndlovu, who also wants the chairperson position. Provincial ex

How Zuma refused to resign

A top official of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has given dramatic details of how President Jacob Zuma stubbornly refused to agree to resign at a meeting on Sunday. The scandal-hit Mr Zuma was urged by the party's top six officials to step down in favour of new ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa, but he refused, ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile said in a leaked audio published by the Times Live news site. "We were saying to President Zuma on Sunday that we don't want two centres of power; we want President Ramaphosa to take control not only of the ANC‚ but [also] the affairs of the state. And we were very clear about it," Mr Mashatile said. He quoted Mr Zuma as replying: 'What do you guys mean by transition?' He said this is a strange word that you guys have just coined. What is this thing you are talking about called transition?...I'm not going anywhere‚ I'm not convinced by you guys so I'm not going to resign." Afterwards, the officials - including Mr Ramaphosa - agreed to call a meeting of the party's top leadership body, the National Executive Committee (NEC), to decide Mr Zuma's fate. However, the meeting was called off after Mr Zuma and Mr Ramaphosa held direct talks, agreeing to resolve the leadership dispute in the coming days without "discord or division", according to a statement by Mr Ramaphosa. SOURCE: bbc.com

Doctor must apologise publicly for separating patients

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has instructed a Limpopo doctor who separated patients according to race to make a public apology‚ do community service and participate in anti-racism advocacy workshops. The SAHRC concluded its investigation into a complaint received about Dr Jimmy van den Berg‚ a general practitioner in Mokopane‚ the commission said on Thursday. The commission received several complaints that Van den Berg segregated patients into different waiting areas‚ consultation rooms‚ and reception areas. “It was further alleged that staff had segregated toilets and kitchens and could not use the same kitchen utensils. The complainants told the SAHRC that black patients were billed more than white patients for the same medical services. The Commission conducted several inspections at the medical rooms and confirmed that patients and staff were being segregated on the basis of race‚” the commission said. Van den Berg agreed to co-operate with the commission and indicated his willingness to resolve the matter expeditiously and amicably. “Dr Van den Berg is to provide the commission with a written undertaking to immediately desist from segregating patients and staff according to race and to refrain from any similar actions‚ words or attitudes‚ which violate Chapter 2 of the Constitution in the future‚” the SAHRC said. The commission also sought a written public apology for this violation of the rights to equalit

Jacob Zuma will be a very rich man, thanks to taxpayers

Political parties and officials have been calling on President Jacob Zuma to resign and have even threatened to oust the President. If he resigns though, he will still live a comfortable life and enjoy several benefits. Zuma will reportedly be paid his annual salary of R2 989 845 after stepping down for the rest of his life. In addition to this hefty salary, he will also enjoy a security team and an official vehicle. He will be given an office, secretary and be entitled to free domestic flights on the national airline. These benefits have likewise been enjoyed by former presidents, FW de Klerk and Thabo Mbeki. The entitlements that these former presidents are granted is outlined in the Presidential Handbook. List of benefits given to all former state presidents in South Africa: - Personal security that will protect him, his entire family and immediate family. - A home which the state will either contribute towards partially or fully, dependent on Zuma's safety requirements. - Health insurance and special treatment at military hospitals . - An official salary of R2.87 million which was approved in 2016. An increase in this salary is subject to government gazettes. - An indirect line to government. This will permit the former president to apply his services at diplomatic functions which is ultimately at the discretion of the incumbent president. However, whilst still occupying office, Zuma and his family benefit from family medical cover.

Ramaphosa and Zuma’s Meeting

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday allayed fears surrounding speculation about President Jacob Zuma's future as the head of state. In a statement, he said he met with Zuma on Tuesday night to discuss the transition and matters relating to his position as state president. "The discussions were constructive and lay the basis for a speedy resolution of the matter in the interests of the country and its people," said Ramaphosa. He said it was agreed to postpone a special meeting of the ANC's national executive committee that was scheduled to take place on Wednesday afternoon. "This will enable President Zuma and myself to conclude our discussions and report back to our organisation and the country in the coming days." Ramaphosa said he was aware and it was understandable that there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding Zuma's position as the president of the country. "However, I am certain that the process we have now embarked on will achieve an outcome that not only addresses these concerns, but also unites our people around the tasks that all of us must necessarily undertake to build our country. "We will be able to communicate further on President Zuma’s position as President of the Republic once we have finalised all pertinent matters."   He added that, while the situation made it necessary to postpone the State of the Nation Address until further notice, the work of the government and Parliament would continue. "This is a challengi

Zimbabwe’s Tsvangirai critically ill in South Africa

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is critically ill in a South African hospital and his supporters should “brace for the worst”, a party source with knowledge of his condition said on Tuesday. The 65-year-old has been in and out of hospital since disclosing in June 2016 that he had colon cancer. He returned to Johannesburg in neighboring South Africa for his latest round of treatment in early January. “From the medical report that I received yesterday the situation is not looking good. He is critically ill and we should brace for the worst,” the source said. Tsvangirai’s illness has divided his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, with officials publicly jockeying to succeed the former trade union leader. Last month, Tsvangirai said it was time for the older generation to step back and make way for “new hands”, raising prospects of leadership change. Without its founder at the helm, the MDC is likely to face immediate instability and could even split, handing a gift to new President Emmerson Mnangagwa in an election expected within the next six months. Mnangagwa came to power in November after a de facto military coup against 93-year-old Robert Mugabe, the former guerrilla leader who had run Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980. Tsvangirai spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka said the MDC leader was “stable but the nation should keep on praying.”