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And the Next President of South Africa Will Be...

The ANC has chosen their new leader—a person who is almost certain to become South Africa's next president.

Cyril Ramaphosa is the new president of the African National Congress. South Africa's current deputy president, Ramaphosa, defeated defeated former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma 2,440 to 2,261, today, in a contentious vote.


Ramaphosa, 65, went from trade unionist and anti-apartheid activist to a wildly successful businessmen and now, party leader. Barring a massive shift in politics, he is poised to become South Africa's next president after elections in 2019.

Ramaphosa has been vocal about cracking down on corruption and reversing what many see as the influence of the Gupta brothers on Zuma's leadership—a state of affairs that has led erode public trust in the ruling party.

As reported in the Financial Times:

During his campaign, Mr Ramaphosa made thinly veiled attacks on Mr Zuma's relationship with the Gupta family, who are accused of using their friendship with the president to influence cabinet appointments and state business, and promised to root out corrupt ANC officials. Mr Zuma and the Guptas have denied allegations of corruption.

Speaking of Jacob Zuma, this video of him as the results are announced is wild. Look at the expression on his face:

The scene outside Ramaphosa's house:

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.