S.Africa new president to stamp his mark in key speech

The State of the Nation address is an annual mix of political pageantry and policy announcements, but the flagship event was postponed last week as Zuma battled to stay in office.

S.Africa new president to stamp his mark in key speech

World Bulletin / News Desk

South Africa's newly-minted president, Cyril Ramphosa, will deliver his first major policy speech Friday, seizing the chance to offer the country a fresh start after nine bruising years under Jacob Zuma.

He was forced to resign on Wednesday after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party turned against him, and pro-business reformist Ramaphosa was sworn in as president on Thursday.

The fight against corruption, allegations of which dogged Zuma and badly dented investor confidence, are expected to feature prominently in the speech,  due to be delivered to parliament in Cape Town at 1700 GMT.

"Issues to do with corruption... are on our radar," Ramaphosa said after being elected by parliament on Thursday.

He vowed to use his address "to outline some of the steps we are going to be taking" against graft.

Arriving at parliament on Friday, Ramaphosa told journalists he was "a little bit excited, expectant, a little apprehensive" ahead of the speech, but said he was looking forward to the evening.

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