ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa in the early hours of Thursday morning gave his first speech as the party leader to conclude the 54th National Conference at Nasrec in the south of Johannesburg.
Ramaphosa who spoke on a variety of issues including radical economic transformation, land reform and weeding out corruption. Outgoing Jacob Zuma did an awkward gesture and applauded Ramaphosa when he spoke about corruption.
With some people on social media excited about the prospect of Ramaphosa being the new leader if the party, there was also criticism from the likes of EFF leader Julius Malema and others who thought he did not quite sing and dance as well as his predecessor Zuma.
He lacks Conviction, nothing is burning inside him. We will meet him on the streets and Parliment...— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) December 20, 2017
Uwoah Cupcake's singing is off pic.twitter.com/bM1YVBPfoW— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) December 20, 2017
I hate the fact that WE now have to sing for Pres Ramaphosa 'cause he can't sing. * Cries in Baba* pic.twitter.com/Hd2fJ2cm1g— MaDlamini (@SpokyJama) December 20, 2017
Cyril already has the Gedleyihlekisa laugh. 😆😭😂— Ottilia Anna M 🦁 (@MaS1banda) December 20, 2017
Not being partisan, but it's so cool to have an ANC President who delivers a decent speech with politics, clarity and vision again. #ANC54— Ferial Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) December 20, 2017