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S.Africa crisis: The Ramaphosa era opens

– The endgame –

The crisis began to come to a head last Sunday, when thousands of ANC supporters gathered in Cape Town for a rally to commemorate Mandela.

Ramaphosa told the crowd that “we know you want this matter to be finalised” and repeated his goal of rooting out corruption in government and the party.

On Monday, the ANC’s top decision-making body met again while Zuma continued to stall, seeking to cling to power for another three months.

In dramatic late-night scenes, Ramaphosa and top ANC officials drove with a heavy police escort to Zuma’s residence to again demand he resign — which Zuma flatly refused.

In the early hours of Tuesday, the meeting agreed to “recall” the president from office — an order effectively sacking him from the job as the ANC’s chosen head of state.

On Wednesday, facing the threat of a vote of no confidence in parliament, Zuma said treatment of him had been “very unfair.”

“There is no evidence of if I have done anything wrong,” he added in an unannounced long interview.

Hours later, in TV address, Zuma said he had “come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect”.

On Thursday, Ramaphosa, the only candidate for the presidency, was approved by parliament to be his successor.

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