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September 15, 2022

South Africa
Biden and Ramaphosa Need to Confront Transnational Security Concerns

The upcoming White House visit presents an opportunity to deepen monitoring and evaluation of bilateral collaboration on defense, intelligence, and law enforcement matters.

President Joe Biden speaks with South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa at the G7 summit.

September 22, 2022

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s Sanctions Smokescreen

Debates about sanctions obscure the real crisis in Zimbabwe. 

The President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa stands in front of a dark green background while addressing leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.

September 24, 2018

South Africa
A Conversation With Cyril Ramaphosa

ALTMAN: Good afternoon everyone. Welcome to the Council and welcome to the David Rockefeller Lecture and in particular to some members of Mr. Rockefeller’s family who are with us today. Welcome es…

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June 4, 2021

South Africa
South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, and Ace Magashule From 30,000 Feet

The African National Congress (ANC), the party which has dominated government since the end of apartheid in 1994, is a mélange of democratic and "liberation" assumptions and procedures. Once multiracial, the ANC is now largely a Black political party. During the 2009–2018 presidency of Jacob Zuma, it became deeply ensnarled in corruption and steadily lost the support of the electorate. Zuma is widely regarded as personally corrupt. Cyril Ramaphosa, a close associate of Nelson Mandela, campaigned within the party to unseat Zuma and clean up the corruption, not least to stimulate foreign and domestic investment in the economy.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and former President Jacob Zuma, both wearing yellow shirts with black and green stripes, cut a cake together. Several others stand around them wearing shirts of the same coloring.

June 2, 2021

South Africa
South Africa's Ramaphosa Struggles to Reestablish Trust

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has an extraordinarily tough job. He leads a country reeling from a series of corruption scandals and a party at war with itself. South Africa’s citizens are losing faith in the power of democratic governance to provide dignity and opportunity.

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation address in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 11, 2021.

September 14, 2022

South Africa
A Conversation With Minister Naledi Pandor of South Africa

Minister Naledi Pandor discusses the state of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa, the country’s relationship with the United States, and the future of its role in the region and internationally. 

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December 18, 2017

South Africa
Cyril Ramaphosa Wins ANC Leadership Race in South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa’s victory in the African National Congress (ANC) leadership race is good for democratic institutions, the rule of law, and the South African economy, at least in the short term. He is likely to become the state president following the 2019 elections, and he may force the corrupt and discredited Jacob Zuma to relinquish the presidency before then.

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December 19, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Cyril Ramaphosa: the Man of the Hour

At the African National Congress party convention in South Africa on December 18, Cyril Ramaphosa became deputy party leader with 3,018 votes. Jacob Zuma, the party leader (and current president of S…

Ramaphosa celebrates his election as party Deputy President at the National Conference of the ruling African National Congress in Bloemfontein 18/12/2012.

September 30, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Big South African Union Endorses Cyril Ramaphosa for ANC Party Leader

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) endorsed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the presidency of the African National Congress (ANC) on September 26. The election of party president will take …

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July 15, 2020

South Africa
Ramaphosa Reimposes COVID-19 Restrictions in South Africa

In a nationwide broadcast on July 12, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he was reimposing the ban on alcohol and a curfew. Both measures were imposed earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic and were designed to ease the strain on hospitals.

A soldier in military fatigues holds his rifle in one hand while he gestures to a man in a red coat with a backpack. They are standing on a street of shops with metal gates pulled down, lit by blue-purple light. Everyone in the picture is wearing masks.