Wild cheers erupted at the Nasrec conference centre in Johannesburg on Monday evening as delegates celebrated the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the new ANC president. Ramaphosa shed a tear as he took his seat on the podium after a gruelling and sometimes dirty campaign for the party’s top job. The emotion was understandable. It was the second time lucky for him, after having been overlooked for the party deputy presidency under president Nelson Mandela, driving him to the business sector.

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