Tuesday, December 19, 2017

World: Ramaphosa Elevated to ANC President in S Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa, a former union leader who went on to become one of South Africa's richest men, with Forbes estimating his wealth at $675 million,  was elected the head of the African National Congress. The outcome is a major upset for South African President Jacob Zuma, who had backed his ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, for the post.

Ramaphosa is private and not much is known about his private life. Ramaphosa had previously been married to business woman Nomazizi Mtshotshisa, but the couple divorced. He later married Tshepo Motsepe, the sister of South African mining billionaire Patrice Motsepe. Ramaphosa has four children.[He owns a R30 million luxury mansion at the foot of Lions Head, Cape Town. 

Supporters of Mr. Ramaphosa, who is currently South Africa's deputy president, hope he can end an era of corruption scandals plaguing a party that has dominated politics since the end of apartheid.

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