Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series on South African President Jacob Zuma's political prospects as leader of both the African National Congress and South Africa. Part I examines some of Zuma's recent successes in consolidating his political position within the party. Part II will examine his weaknesses and failures, which risk undermining his future prospects.
The defining moment in South African politics this year will be the national conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Mangaung in December. The conference will chart the ANC’s future direction and will elect the leadership to guide both the party and -- given the ANC’s political dominance -- the country over the next five years. Mangaung will see the election of a new National Executive Committee (NEC) and the re-election of the ANC’s top six office-holders, including the president. As such, Mangaung will determine the political future of current ANC and South African President Jacob Zuma. ...
To read the rest, sign up to try World Politics Review
- TWO WEEKS FREE.
- Cancel any time.
- After two weeks, just $18 monthly or $118/year.
Request a free trial for your office or school. Everyone at a given site can get access through our institutional subscriptions.
- Regional Tensions Complicate South Sudan’s Crisis
- Algeria’s Political Fault Lines Emerge as Elections Approach
- South Africa’s 2014 Election Could Be Next Step in ANC’s Steady Decline
- Diplomatic Fallout: Crisis in CAR Continues to Divide Western Powers
- With Constitution, Tunisia Chooses Compromise Over Confrontation