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Cyril Ramaphosa's victory in December's contest to lead South Africa's ruling African National Congress was a resounding repudiation of President Jacob Zuma. Ramaphosa will now almost certainly be elected South Africa's president in 2019 – if not before. The ANC's identity as the party that liberated South Africa from the scourge of apartheid in 1994 has delivered it every election since. Yet today the ANC stands accused of both fecklessness and moral decay, and it suffered unprecedented losses to the opposition Democratic Alliance in urban areas in local elections in 2016 .The larger challenge facing Ramaphosa comes from the state itself.The ANC's national executive committee has debated establishing a process to secure Zuma's resignation, which Ramaphosa supporters want within weeks.Ramaphosa, for his part, has cautioned that Zuma should never be humiliated. Ramaphosa's victory is an important sign that many within the ANC understand that they must change or risk being remembered as the party that allowed an avaricious few to sell off the country.
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