President Cyril Ramaphosa pledges ‘new dawn’ for South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa pledges 'new dawn' for South Africa
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 16, 2018Image copyrightReuters
Image caption Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, is one of South Africa’s wealthiest politicians

New South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken of a “new dawn” in his first State of the Nation address.

Mr Ramaphosa, who was sworn in on Thursday, promised to “turn the tide of corruption”.

He also spoke of accelerating land redistribution and outlined plans to boost the economy and create jobs.

His predecessor, Jacob Zuma, stepped down on Wednesday after pressure from the governing ANC party. He faces numerous corruption allegations.

Mr Ramaphosa dedicated much of his address to parliament to job creation.

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