Zuma was not in court for the ruling on Tuesday and has been ordered to hand himself over within five days.
Jacob Zuma, who was forced to resign last month, was charged with corruption over a $2.5 billion state arms deal.
Ramaphosa has fulfilled his long-held ambition to lead the country.
The South African president's departure marks the end of a term beset by corruption and poor governance.
The decision brings an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power.
His scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela’s “Rainbow Nation.”
Elections in Rwanda and Kenya yield mixed results. In South Africa, cronyism wins the day.
Though the president dodged a devastating loss, his people have not.