- Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to serve all citizens, not just those who voted for him
- He also said that tough decisions would have to be made in the near future
- Additionally, the new president said that inequality, unemployment and poverty were the biggest challenges facing the nation
Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to be a president for all South Africans.
He made the remark during his acceptance speech in the National Asseembly on Wednesday.
Ramaphosa was elected unopposed.
The president said he was "truly humbled" to assume the highest office in the land. However, he acknowledged that the position would require him to make difficult decisions in the coming weeks and months.
He also stressed that major problems still threatened the country, such as inequality, unemployment and poverty.
Ramaphosa described these challenges as "immense" and said that, in some cases, addressing them would involve making decisions that appeared to be to the detriment of "certain people, certain interest groups", according to Eyewitness News.
However, Ramaphosa vowed not to lose the "common touch", even though his job demands that he spend at least some time engaging with powerful figures and leaders in the private sector.
He also promised not to serve only the voters who put him in office, but the country as a whole.
Additionally, the new president outlined his aspirations for the National Assembly itself, saying that it should be "a House of robust discussion" rather than a "a House of chaos".
Ramaphosa is set to be inaugurated on Saturday at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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