Cyril Ramaphosa, a Mandela protégé, sworn in as South Africa's president

Cyril Ramaphosa at Parliament in Cape Town. Photo: Mike Hutchings / AFP via Getty Images

Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday became South Africa’s fifth President since the end of apartheid, inheriting a nation in political limbo after his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, was forced out amid a corruption scandal.

The backdrop: Ramaphosa, who has a long history at the heart of South African politics and been the country’s deputy president since 2014, was elected last December to lead the ruling ANC party. He has presented himself as a reformer and anti-corruption fighter.

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