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South African President Jacob Zuma at a press conference at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Oct. 11, 2016 (AP photo by Khalil Senosi).

Can South Africa’s ANC Survive Zuma’s Culture of Corruption?

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Even by the standards of his scandal-ridden and largely disgraced presidency, the past month in South Africa has represented a nadir for Jacob Zuma. He was humiliated twice in the space of three days, first on Oct. 31 when the National Prosecuting Authority dropped spurious charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who Zuma wanted to remove. Then, on Nov. 2, the outgoing public protector, Thuli Madonsela, published her report on the scale of so-called state capture by Zuma’s friends and business associates, the Gupta family, after Zuma dropped his legal objections to its release. South Africa’s government watchdog recommended a full-scale judicial inquiry into the affair, which threatens further embarrassment for Zuma.

Earlier this year, South Africa’s highest court ruled unanimously that Zuma violated the constitution when he used some $16 million in public funds to renovate his private house and ignored an earlier demand by the public protector to repay some of those millions. Has this notorious survivor finally run out of time? ...

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