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ANC leader vows to 'restore credibility' after Zuma graft

AFP  |  East London (South Africa) 

The new of South Africa's ruling ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, pledged to "restore the credibility" of the party after a spate of graft scandals involving

Zuma was replaced as by his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa in December with the new leader facing an uphill task to recover public support for Africa's oldest liberation movement ahead of the 2019 elections.

"We must restore the integrity and credibility of the ANC," said the 65-year-old in his first major address to the party at a rally for the African National Congress's 106th anniversary celebrations.

"The movement has become deeply divided through factionalism, patronage, corruption and competition for resources," said the former trade unionist who led talks to end white-minority rule in the early 1990s and then became a multi-millionaire before returning to


"We are going to confront corruption," he said, pledging that "the investigation and prosecution of those responsible (for manipulating the for their own ends) will be given top priority."

This week, Zuma -- who was also at Saturday's meeting in East -- announced a probe into top-level corruption after parliament said it would deliberate procedures for impeachment.

Corruption allegations have tarnished Zuma's image and eroded his support base, with the beleaguered leader facing growing pressure to resign before his presidential term ends in 2019.

Back in 2014, Zuma failed to abide by recommendations made by the anti-corruption watchdog over USD 15 million (12.5 million euros) of taxpayer-funded refurbishments at his home in the eastern KwaZulu-province.

After the found against him, he eventually reimbursed the equivalent of around USD 500,000 for non-security-related work at his homestead, a sum set by the treasury.

In 2016, a damning report questioned Zuma's dealings with the Guptas, a wealthy family of Indian origin, who were allegedly granted influence over his cabinet appointments.

Last month, Zuma suffer another blow when Ramaphosa, who campaigned on an anti-corruption ticket, was elected ANC beating the president's former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 20:25 IST
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