The announcement on Monday night that Cyril Ramaphosa, a 65-year-old anti-apartheid veteran and one of the country’s wealthiest businessman, would succeed Jacob Zuma as president of Africa’s oldest liberation movement was met with enthusiasm from many quarters.
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Investors took heart he would bring a more predictable fiscal environment to South Africa’s ailing economy. Anti-graft crusaders said he would tackle corruption that has crippled the state. Union leaders congratulated him.
But when Mr Zuma, South Africa’s president, first heard that his deputy was elected to be the new leader of the African National Congress, he did not bother to clap.
Sitting with an empty chair on either side of him,…
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