On December 18th, the most important South African party – ANC, that is African National Congress, which is still collecting 65% of South Africans’ votes – elected his new president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa defeated Zuma’s former wife, Nkosazana Dlamini, who was African Union’s chief – where she did a good job – and whose election was maybe hindered by scandals involving her former husband.
Ramaphosa, who is probably going to be South Africa’s next president in 2019, and to whom the Economist dedicated a long article entitled “A new hope”, is one of “Mandela boys”. He stepped aside after the South African giant’s death and became a successful entrepreneur.
He won by riding a wave of “moral renewal”, which is spreading within his party and the country.
However, other parties are successfully emerging in South Africa, especially after the country has lost its leadership in Africa, with a poor GDP – which today is less rich than Nigeria’s one – and with an uncertain economic future.
The world still considers South Africa as a second world’s country. But it isn’t so.
Will Ramaphosa be the right man? It seems he is. Anyway, the Economist hopes so.