South Africa: Ramaphosa invokes Mandela in first major speech

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Cyril Ramaphosa invoked the memory and message of Nelson Mandela as he pledged to restore economic growth, fight corruption and tackle entrenched inequality in South Africa in the first major speech of his presidency on Friday.

“Guided by [Mandela’s] example, we will use this year to reinforce our commitment to ethical behaviour as well as ethical leadership. We are not merely honouring the past but building the future … South Africa belongs to all who live in it,” Ramaphosa, 65, said. “It is a new dawn that is inspired by our collective memory of Nelson Mandela and the changes that are unfolding … We will build a new nation and confront the injustices of the past and the inequalities of the present.” The former deputy president was sworn in as head of state hours after being elected unanimously by parliament to replace Jacob Zuma, who resigned late on Wednesday following accusations of corruption and economic mismanagement.(theguardian)…[+]