- Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa will "never, never again" experience corruption like that of the Zuma years
- He added that he believed yesterday's election marked a new future for the country
- The president said that the voters had given him a mandate to execute
Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged that South Africa will never repeat what it went through during the Zuma years.
The president made the remark on Wednesday after casting his vote at Hitekani Primary School in Soweto.
He said that the country would "never, never again" experience such high levels of "malfeasance" and "corruption".
Ramaphosa also said that the ANC had learnt its lesson and that the party's voters did not tolerate corruption. He added that the party was focused on the future now.
His comments appeared to be in reference to the widespread state capture and maladministration of the Zuma presidency. Ramaphosa is widely viewed as a reformer, but he faces significant opposition from actions within his own party.
Although this election has been the most challenging for the ANC, Ramaphosa said that they were nevertheless a "rocket booster for democracy", according the Mail & Guardian.
Ramaphosa also said that the election would provide him with a mandate from the public:
"I'm going to climb and stand on their shoulders so that I can do exactly what they would like us to do."
The president ended off his media briefing by comparing yesterday's election to the country's first democratic election in 1994, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
He said that yesterday's vote marked a new future for South Africa.
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