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South African leader urges his ANC party to fight corruption



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JOHANNESBURG — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on his party, the ruling African National Congress, to fight corruption.

“We have no choice, either we deal with corruption or we perish,” Ramaphosa said Tuesday, closing the ANC conference where he was re-elected as leader. “Corruption in our party is really a serious threat.”

Ramaphosa’s re-election as party leader was a major victory following an intense campaign by his opponents to elect former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

Despite campaigning as an anti-corruption fighter, Ramaphosa has recently been embroiled in scandals. He is facing calls to resign after a congressional report said he may have breached currency regulations by keeping undeclared funds on his farm. me.

Last week, Ramaphosa survived a congressional vote to begin the impeachment process. His re-election as ANC leader paved the way for him to run for a second term as president of South Africa in national elections in 2024.

According to Ramaphosa, party unity is needed to solve South Africa’s series of dilemmas including nationwide power cuts for more than seven hours a day and a 35% unemployment rate.

Cabinet Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, one of the members of parliament who defied the ANC and voted in favor of the Ramaphosa impeachment proceedings, could face party discipline for his disobedience. . After Ramaphosa was re-elected as party leader, she said she hoped for a better ANC.

“I hope that the future will be better for the ANC, that it can be stronger and can respond more quickly to the people, that we can serve the people better,” Dlamini-Zuma said on the sidelines. conference. “I hope that people can count on the ANC.”

The leadership race took up most of the five-day ANC conference and the delegates had no time to debate and approve new policies. The results of the vote to elect 80 members of the National Executive Committee have not yet been announced.

Newly elected Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula said the conference would reconvene in January to finalize its policy reports. The conference experienced major delays in the delegate registration process.

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