Monday 18 December 2017 was a decisive day in South African history as, after a 3-day electoral conference, Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as the new president of the African National Congress (ANC) beating off competition from Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
The ANC, which has been the ruling party in South Africa since the first democratic elections in 1994, are the favourites to retain power in the next general elections in 2018, meaning that Cyril Ramphosa stands in the pound seat to become the next South African president.
Many South Africans took to Twitter to express their views on the decision taken by ANC delegates to elect Ramaphosa as the new President of the ANC.
Below are some of the best reactions:
— Vuyelwa (@vuyelwachabs) December 18, 2017
— LecronIsTheOne (@Lecron) December 19, 2017
In general politics is about the lesser of two evils. Only time will tell if #CyrilRamaphosa is the lesser of two evils. The role of civil society is vital going forward to ensure that the change we see is not just in leadership but on the ground for the most marginalized! #ANC54
— Shaeera Kalla (@shaeera_k) December 18, 2017
— Lukas de Beer (@lukiedebeer) December 18, 2017
All of South Africa should wish the new ANC President well. In the end we all sink or swim together. This is about the future of our nation and the dreams of ALL our children. Good luck sir. #CyrilRamaphosa #ANC54 #CR17 #ANC54results
— Simon Grindrod (@SimonPGrindrod) December 18, 2017
— Ulrich J van Vuuren (@UlrichJvV) December 18, 2017
This guy #CyrilRamaphosa was responsible for the Marikana massacre but today he is the president of the ANC. The future of this country looks bright indeed
— 15th Dec… (@IssaInfluencer) December 19, 2017
— uBaba ka Kganya (@LeboLath) December 19, 2017
Congratulations to #CyrilRamaphosa in the ANC leadership contest. At last the ANC might start to regain the glorious legacy of Mandela!
— Ciaran (@OneNationWhig) December 19, 2017