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Title:Briefing: South Africa: Jacob Zuma and the difficulties of consolidating South Africa's democracy
Author:Gumede, William M.ISNI
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:African National Congress (South Africa)
About person:Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (1942-)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/27667024
Abstract:In December 2007, former African National Congress Deputy President Jacob Zuma won the presidency of South Africa's ruling party against the incumbent, Thabo Mbeki, the country's President. The ANC is now virtually divided into two separate camps: the party proper, with Zuma at its head, and the government structures, led by Mbeki. South Africa's fragile new democratic institutions will be tested, while service delivery to the ANC members who voted for Zuma may also be undermined by the political uncertainty generated within and outside the ANC. The fissure is also bound to undermine South Africa's current economic boom. This article discusses how Zuma's behaviour undermines democratic governance, how Mbeki lost the ANC presidency, why Zuma won, why Zuma's dodgy past does not matter, the paralysing effect of two centres of power, new policy proposals, and the policy constraints of the political uncertainty. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]