JOHANNESBURG — Cyril Ramaphosa, the new leader of South Africa’s ruling ANC, has said the party must address the “dysfunction” in its ranks and unite at all levels.
Ramaphosa told a large rally in the south-eastern city East London that the party had become deeply divided through factionalism, patronage and corruption.
He was elected to replace President Jacob Zuma as party head last month.
But Ramaphosa did not address calls to immediately replace the president, who was booed as he took his seat.
Zuma’s term in office is not scheduled to end until elections in 2019.
However, the ANC has seen public support decline during his second term, amid a weakening economy and allegations of corruption.
The BBC’s Andrew Harding says the new ANC leader did not criticise Zuma by name but the implication was clear when he condemned corrupt families and individuals.
The suspicion remains, our correspondent says, that Ramaphosa and his allies in the ANC may soon move against South Africa’s embattled leader.