The new leader of South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, has pledged to fight corruption and pursue a policy of “radical economic transformation”.

Closing the party’s conference, he said tackling unemployment and poverty should also be key party policies.

Mr Ramaphosa was elected on Monday to succeed President Jacob Zuma as party leader.

He is in a strong position to become president at elections in 2019.

“This conference has resolved that corruption must be fought with the same intensity and purpose that we fight poverty, unemployment and inequality,” he told delegates at the end of the five-day conference.

“We must also act fearlessly against alleged corruption and abuse of office within our ranks.”

He said that the party had approved the seizure of land without compensation, but he cautioned against undermining the economy and food production.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS


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