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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The newest leader of South Africa’s judgment party vowed Saturday to split down on the corruption that has destabilized the African National Congress in the new push to end inequities that will haunt the nation more than 20 years following the end of white minority principle.

“Billions of rands have been unlawfully diverted to individuals, ” Cyril Ramaphosa said in a speech in order to celebrate the party’s 106th wedding anniversary.

It was Ramaphosa’s first major community address since he was selected to lead Africa’s oldest freedom party in December, replacing scandal-prone Chief executive Jacob Zuma as party head. He likely will be elected the following president in 2019.

Public aggravation over corruption allegations against Zuma deeply split the ANC recently, and Ramaphosa has been pressured simply by opposition parties and some ANC people to recall Zuma as chief executive. Zuma was booed upon their arrival at Saturday’s event.

Ramaphosa instead is emphasizing the need to unify the party.

The ANC “has become deeply divided through factionalism, patronage, corruption and competition pertaining to resources, ” he said. “At the center of our efforts this year can be unity. ”

On the eve of the high-level ruling party meeting recently that had threatened to discuss their fate, Zuma acknowledged the stress, announcing Tuesday he was getting a commission of inquiry to appear into the corruption allegations. “This issue cannot wait any longer, ” this individual said.

Ramaphosa on Saturday thanked Zuma for that decision.

“Corruption within state-owned enterprises and other public establishments has undermined our government’s applications to address poverty and unemployment, inch Ramaphosa, also the country’s mouthpiece president, said. “We are going to deal with corruption and state capture in most its forms. ”

The ANC has been in power since the country’s initial democratic elections in 1994, yet voters have grown disillusioned with the celebration of Nelson Mandela under Zuma’s tenure. South Africa’s economy quickly dipped into recession last year plus unemployment hovers close to 30 percent.

Within 2016 municipal elections, the ANC lost control of the commercial center of Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria, for the first time. Observers have warned that when support continues to dwindle, the celebration faces the possibility of losing its nationwide majority in 2019 and needing to govern as part of a coalition.

In the party conference in December, Zuma recognized serious challenges but pushed back again against allegations of graft, saying that “theft and corruption” within the private sector is just as bad as with South Africa’s government and that “being black and successful is being produced synonymous to being corrupt. inch

Ramaphosa now faces the task associated with reviving confidence in both the government as well as the economy.

He pledged on Sunday to address the country’s lingering inequality through a program of “radical socio-economic transformation, ” including free advanced schooling for poor and working-class college students, a national minimum wage plus land expropriation without compensation.

“We aim to restore our focus on developing an economy in which all Southern Africans can flourish, an economic climate which benefits the people as a whole rather than privileged few, ” he mentioned.