Thursday 20 June 2019

South African president to 'turn the tide' on corruption

South Aftrican president Cyril Ramaphosa
South Aftrican president Cyril Ramaphosa

Christopher Torchia and Nqobile Ntshangase

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa gave his first state of the nation address yesterday, saying it's time for South Africans to put discord behind them and that the country will "turn the tide" on corruption.

Mr Ramaphosa delivered a message of optimism and renewal after a dramatic week in which he was elected by ruling party lawmakers following the resignation of predecessor Jacob Zuma, whose tenure was marked by corruption scandals.

"We should put all the negativity that has dogged our country behind us because a new dawn is upon us," Mr Ramaphosa said in a speech in parliament that drew enthusiastic applause.

Mr Ramaphosa, who had been deputy president under Mr Zuma, said his administration would concentrate on creating jobs and attracting investment, and that it was time to restore trust in South Africa's public institutions and leaders.

Irish Independent

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