go to top
A man walks past an election poster of Jacob Zuma’s African National Congress (ANC) party in the Soweto township of Johannesburg, South Africa, May 9, 2014 (AP photo by Ben Curtis).

Zuma’s Scandals Threaten ANC, South Africa With ‘Lost Decade’

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Since May 2009, Jacob Zuma’s leadership of South Africa has played out against a backdrop of corruption scandals and other damaging revelations that have drained the lifeblood from his presidency. Crisis management has effectively become Zuma’s modus operandi, with short-term political survival eclipsing the need to provide South Africa with stable and effective governance. Zuma’s re-election last May, following the decisive, if qualified, victory of the African National Congress (ANC) in national elections, did not provide the hoped-for new beginning. That has the ANC hierarchy scrambling.

Zuma contaminates contemporary South African politics so much that it is difficult to envisage things turning around while he remains at the helm. As a result, South Africa faces the prospect of a lost political decade and a largely squandered presidency. That raises a range of questions for the ANC as it seeks to balance the short-term instinct to rally round a besieged leader against its own medium- and long-term political fortunes that Zuma continues to jeopardize. ...

To read more,

enter your email address then choose one of the three options below.

Subscribe to World Politics Review and you'll receive instant access to 10,000+ articles in the World Politics Review Library, along with new comprehensive analysis every weekday . . . written by leading topic experts.