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South Africa’s “lost decade” under the chaotic, often controversial leadership
of former President Jacob Zuma, his successor faces challenges that are both
daunting and delicate. President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to restore basic
functionality of the South African state while its ruling party, and its multiethnic
society, are increasingly divided between reformers and radicals.
Teresa Nogueira Pinto
The African National Congress is certain to win the May 2014 election 20 years after it led the momentous change from an apartheid regime to black majority rule. But splits in the ANC ranks have raised questions about the leadership of President Jacob Zuma who is already mired in allegations of corruption. A poor result could be an excuse for his departure.
Professor Jaime Nogueira Pinto
South African President Jacob Zuma saw off his opponents and re-established his position at the top of the ANC. Now he could be in a stronger position to deliver on the nation’s post-apartheid hopes, with the return to frontline politics of his new union and business-friendly deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa.
JACOB Zuma, re-elect...
The horror of South African police shooting into a crowd of striking miners killing 34 and seriously injuring 78 could have long-term political ramifications for its president Jacob Zuma and for the country. Further outrage was caused when the 270 protesting miners were initially arrested and charged with the murder of their colleagues. Even though these charges we...