The Heat: ANC New Leadership

The Heat

ANC Leadership

South Africa’s African National Congress has chosen a new leader to succeed Jacob Zuma as president of its party.

Cyril Ramaphosa was elected on Monday to the ANC leadership after a close contest. The 65 year-old, who was prominent in the anti-apartheid movement, currently serves as South Africa’s vice-president.

For now, Jacob Zuma remains in office as president of the country. Ramaphosa is tipped to succeed him after presidential elections scheduled for 2019. Meanwhile, Ramaphosa faces a tough challenge to unify the ANC and bring about reforms.

CGTN’s Yolisa Njamela reports.

To discuss:

  • Nhlanhla Sehume, journalist and news anchor
  • Sean Jacobs, associate professor of International Affairs at The New School and founder of the website Africa Is a Country

To further discuss the state of the ANC:

  • Ebrahim Rasool, former South African ambassador to the United States and founder of the World for All Foundation

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