Will Cyril Ramaphosa bring about a new era for the country as hoped?
This comes just hours after Jacob Zuma announced his resignation in a television address. The former president had been forced to step down by the ANC, who threatened a vote of no confidence. "No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name," Zuma said during his speech. "I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect."
"Even though I disagree with the decision of the Leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC," he continued.
Rampaphosa was elected head of the ANC in December, promising to challenge corruption and economic turbulence. He is often celebrated for his role in helping negotiate a peaceful transition to democracy following the end of apartheid.
He was met with applause in the house after being sworn in on Tuesday.
Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as South Africa's new president. #CyrilRamaphosa #SouthAfrica #PresidentElection https://t.co/aJvonbVlU3— Kenya West© (@Kenya West©) 1518698588.0
The response from South Africans so far, has been most celebratory as many believe that Ramaphosa is a good fit for the presidency, and are calling this a "new era" for the country. Some are jsimply glad that Zuma is gone.
From being a celebrated trade unionist, a politician and Mandela’s heir apparent – #CyrilRamaphosa finally ascends… https://t.co/9RDZ1xvGyW— Carte Blanche (@Carte Blanche) 1518698494.0
#CyrilRamaphosa just made the #EFF look childish in his first speech as President, by being gracious & engaging. Y… https://t.co/UEWErEhok4— Sihle Ngobese (@Sihle Ngobese) 1518701062.0
Our soon to be President running on the promenade this morning! #CyrilRamaphosa It’s a new day! @eNCA https://t.co/NEQ8S6oVxv— Annika Larsen (@Annika Larsen) 1518670879.0
Congrats Mr President. 🙏🏽💃🏼❤️🙌🏾 #CyrilRamaphosa https://t.co/NIJuF45Kce— Poppy Ntshongwana (@Poppy Ntshongwana) 1518698389.0
First time in a LONG time where I applauded the president of our country! He gives me hope again. Let's see where w… https://t.co/RnpT2KCiZM— Stéfan The Panda (@Stéfan The Panda) 1518700750.0
Scenes recorded earlier when the news of Cryil becoming president of SA reached Venda. #CyrilRamaphosa https://t.co/dWP90209Tz— Rams Mabote (@Rams Mabote) 1518700590.0
It is truly refreshing to have #CyrilRamaphosa as head of state. He's poised, attentive, speaks well, funny and inclusive.— Cocopop (@Cocopop) 1518700751.0