Cyril Ramaphosa has taken the oath of office as South Africa’s president after his election in parliament.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presided over the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday at the presidential office in Cape Town. Mogoeng congratulated Ramaphosa and shook his hand as onlookers applauded.
Ramaphosa replaced Jacob Zuma, who resigned late Wednesday after the ruling party instructed him to leave office following years of corruption scandals.
South African authorities say they are seeking to arrest a key member of a business family accused of using its links to former president Jacob Zuma to secure state contracts.
Police tell local media that they consider Ajay Gupta to be a fugitive after he failed to turn himself in following contact between his lawyers and authorities.
Police say they have arrested eight people as part of an investigation into alleged corruption involving the Gupta family, which denies any wrongdoing. Ajay Gupta is among several people sought by authorities as part of the probe.
He says he will outline his policies in a state of the nation address on Friday evening.
Members of a South African opposition party have walked out of parliament, saying a ruling ANC party plan to elect a new president is “illegitimate.”
Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters party, said Thursday that lawmakers from the African National Congress had failed to hold former leader Jacob Zuma to account for alleged corruption and had therefore violated the constitution.
The South African currency strengthened against the dollar in early trading Thursday after Zuma’s resignation, which ended a leadership crisis that had stalled some government business.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation welcomes Zuma’s departure but says the state must act against “networks of criminality” that have hurt South Africa’s democracy.