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Title:The Zuma era: its historical context and the future
Author:Suttner, RaymondISNI
Periodical:African Historical Review
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:African National Congress (South Africa)
political history
About persons:Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013)ISNI
Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (1942-)ISNI
Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (1942-)ISNI
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17532521003607286
Abstract:This article tries to unpack the rise of the Zuma-led African National Congress (ANC) and government in South Africa within the context of the history of the organization. It traces the history of the liberation movement within the context of repeated themes of unity, continuity with ruptures, and ruptures with continuity. It shows how the unbanning of the ANC set in motion relationships that substantially weakened ties between leadership and popular forces. This was exacerbated with the elevation of the ANC to government. The process began with Mandela and continued with the agreement of Mbeki and Zuma. It is argued that there is no substantial ideological difference between Zuma and Mbeki, but a difference in style, manifested particularly in 'war talk' and actions that threaten the constitution. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]