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South Africa’s Zuma, ANC Must Deliver on ‘Transformation'

Friday, June 27, 2014

In his inaugural address on May 24, South African President Jacob Zuma identified “rapid economic transformation” and “inclusive growth” as the policy centerpieces of his second and final term in office. This emphasis on transformation reflects an underlying post-election unease within the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and represents a tacit recognition that Zuma’s first term was largely squandered due to scandals, managerial incompetence at all levels of government and internecine strife within the ruling party.

The ANC hierarchy is aware that another five years of drift and underachievement will lead to a hemorrhage of votes in the 2016 municipal elections and subsequently the 2019 general election. It will also cause a further acceleration of the violent service-delivery protests that have become so commonplace over the past five years, even in the ANC’s political bastions of support. ...

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