South African President, Jacob Zuma, resigns

Zuma's reluctant exit ushers in new S.African president

The disastrous legacy of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma

But make no mistake-Ramaphosa is no ideal politician, and his ascent to the presidency won't suddenly cure South Africa's long-standing woes.

The nation's new leader is set to deliver a State of the Nation address on Friday. Only one candidate has been nominated, namely, the honourable Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, the nomination is in order. The opposition instead unsuccessfully called for the dissolution of the National Assembly and early elections.

Gigaba was appointed in March past year after a dead-of-night cabinet reshuffle by Zuma when he axed Gordhan.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will spell out government's plan of action for the year, including how he will deal with rampant corruption which came to characterise his predecessor's tenure.

Ramaphosa became South Africa's head of state on Thursday after Zuma resigned under pressure from Ramaphosa's allies in the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC).

"The Secretariat commends President Zuma for the statesmanship he has portrayed by accepting the decision of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress and respecting and upholding the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa", Tax said.

The former trade union official said fighting corruption and mismanagement of public services would be his administration's top priorities.

Within minutes of the result of a parliamentary vote being announced t in Cape Town, Ramaphosa said he would move to tackle endemic graft in South Africa.

A smaller opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, has made a similar statement.

Parliament is expected to meet from 1200 GMT.

The party left the chamber in protest ahead of his nomination.

The SABC, South Africa's state broadcaster, said a Gupta family member was among those detained. Those who were detained appeared in court on Thursday.

On Wednesday, police swooped on the Johannesburg home of the powerful and wealthy Gupta family. Jacob Zuma, 75, has taken the final bow from office as President.

The report says that opposition leaders said Ramaphosa would not solve country's problems alone and they hoped he would put South Africa first, leaving party's interests behind him.

The Nigerian leader saluted the leadership and statesmanship of former president Jacob Zuma, and wished him the best in his future endeavours.

"With all the attendant post Presidency threat he has in terms of the serious issues of the allegations of corruption against him".

The Guptas, three Indian immigrant brothers who became extremely rich due to their close partnership with Zuma, used to be untouchable.

The country's new president will be sworn in after the parliament vote and is then expected to address the chamber.

In an earlier TV interview, Zuma said he received very unfair treatment from the party he joined. Zuma has consistently denied the allegations of corruption, arguing that the security agencies controlled the financial operations in the country. On learning of its decision to support a motion of no-confidence in his government if he did not resign by the end of Wednesday, he finally did so in a television interview where he warned of a crisis "some of my comrades will regret", and asked "What is it that I've done?"

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