- Cyril Ramaphosa was elected ANC Secretary General in on 4 July 1991
- 26 years later, he was elected President of the ANC
- Parliament elected him as President of South Africa in February 2018
On 4 July, 1991, Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as Secretary General of the African National Congress (ANC).
He assumed the position at the ANC's 48th National Conference held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Durban-Westville campus.
It was the ANC's first conference after its unbanning, which was announced by then president F.W de Klerk in February 1990.
Ramaphosa went on to become a central figure in the transition process from apartheid. He became a member of parliament and chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly in 1994.
However, he resigned from these positions, including as ANC Secretary General, in 1997 and went on to become one of South Africa's richest businessmen.
Ramaphosa nevertheless served continuously in the ANC's National Executive Committee until he was elected Deputy President of the ANC at its 53rd National Conference in 2012.
He subsequently became Deputy President of South Africa in 2014. At its 54th National Conference in December 2017, the ANC elected him as its President.
Parliament subsequently elected Ramaphosa as President of South Africa in February 2018, following the resignation of former president Jacob Zuma.
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