Editor's note: This is the second 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 examined some of Zuma's recent successes in consolidating his political position within the party. Part II examines his weaknesses and failures, which risk undermining his future prospects.
At its June policy conference in Midrand, the African National Congress (ANC) took pains to make clear that its policy discussions were a separate matter from the broader question of the party’s future leadership. That argument, however, carried little weight with analysts of South African politics, who see the two as closely interwoven. In a movement whose divisions have been laid bare in recent years, the party’s positions on certain policy issues are interpreted as indicators of the strength of particular leaders and factions. In this light, despite having entered the conference on a relative high, and though he did not suffer an unambiguous defeat, South African President Jacob Zuma left the Midrand gathering having failed in three main areas, potentially damaging his re-election prospects in the process. ...
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