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

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

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