President Ramaphosa to deliver first State of the Nation Address

Newly-elected South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to deliver his first State of The Nation Address later on Friday, his first task as leader since taking oath on Thursday.

The event was scheduled for last week, but was postponed as the ruling African National Congress (ANC) dealt with the removal of former president Jacob Zuma as head of state.

The ANC leadership on Monday held a meeting which resolved that Zuma had to resign or be impeached, giving him 48 hours.

Zuma went on to step aside on Wednesday night.

Ramaphosa, president of ANC, got elected to the presidency by parliament unopposed.

The 65-year-old has served as South Africa’s deputy president since 2014, having risen through the ranks of politics after serving as a trade unionist.

The former vice president in his first address as president said he would tackle corruption, which beleaguered Zuma’s reign.

“Issues to do with corruption, issues of how we can straighten out our state-owned enterprises and how we deal with ‘state capture’ are issues that are on our radar,” Ramaphosa told lawmakers in parliament.

“State capture” refers to the alleged corruption of government institutions and state-owned businesses by Zuma’s associates, mainly the wealthy Gupta family, whose members are wanted by police for investigation.

The SONA proceedings in Parliament start at 1500GMT.