Cyril Ramaphosa-led ANC wins South Africa polls: Nelson Mandela’s protégé enjoys support across racial

In the course of his 66 years, Cyril Ramaphosa has experienced the poverty of Soweto, jail for fighting apartheid, trade union activism, fabulous wealth and now the taste of election victory.

Ramaphosa, who became president last year through internal ANC politics, won a popular mandate as the country’s leader. The opening of the latest chapter of a career intertwined with the birth of modern South Africa.

When Nelson Mandela walked out of jail in 1990, a youthful Ramaphosa was standing beside him as the world looked on. It soon became clear that Mandela saw him as a protege. Ramaphosa went on to lead talks to end the white-minority rule and to help write the new constitution.

But after missing out on becoming Mandela’s successor as president. He instead became a hugely wealthy businessman through stakes in McDonalds, Coca-Cola and in the mining and telecommunications sectors.

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