On Monday, 18 December 2017, Cyril Ramaphosa was named as the new president of the ANC at the 54th ANC National Conference at Nasrec in Johannesburg. The much-anticipated announcement saw a crescendo reception from South Africa and the rest of the world.
Ramaphosa beat Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma by 179 votes with Ramaphosa securing 2,440 votes in total and Dlamini-Zuma 2,261, making Ramaphosa the new leader of the governing party. After months of campaigning from both candidates, intense media coverage and predictions, it finally boiled down to this moment.
From South Africa to Europe, to the U.S., here are the best social media reactions from Twitter.
It's a boy— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) December 18, 2017
The Premier League is in. #ANC54— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) December 18, 2017
Is it me or Every time Cyril Ramaphosa smiles, the rand just gets stronger and stronger? #anc54— I.G MATHEWS MELATO🐐 (@maphutseM) December 18, 2017
If he fails to recall JZ and other State Capture culprits then we must throw him in the dustbin.— Bantu Holomisa (@BantuHolomisa) December 18, 2017
After Ramaphosa won, there was optimism and excitement about the prospect of the South African rand and possible a better economy.
The Rand be like pic.twitter.com/lWoWzFXKB5— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) December 18, 2017
#CR17 it feels like a dawn of new democracy all over again . 179 slim margin Between baby boy and baby gal. But a baby boy was born today . The rand strengthening against all the major currencies . I hope this win will be great for our economy. Hallalalal. I am so happy ☺😊— Miss Nell (@umbukiwo) December 18, 2017