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Title:Family and favour at the court of Jacob Zuma
Author:Southall, RogerISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Geographic term:South Africa
heads of State
African National Congress (South Africa)
About person:Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (1942-)ISNI
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056244.2011.633829
Abstract:Jacob Zuma's role as both State and party president is significantly underpinned by those who pay court to him on the basis of personal loyalty, patriarchal fealty and hope for personal gain, his formal authority buttressed by political patronage and protection which extends to those close to him. However, Zuma combines his role of tribal patriarch with that of his role at the head of a shadow State, his 'family' extending beyond close relatives to include business associates with shady connections. Zuma's ties with the two 'brothers in business' Ajay and Rajesh Gupta, along with the related activities of his son, Duduzane Zuma, and his nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, have attracted much attention. The merging of party and State under the ANC has provided for the increasing criminalization of authority and power, a tendency which has gained serious momentum under Jacob Zuma. It is now commonplace that as president, Zuma's principal concern is to juggle his political debts and backers in such a manner as to ensure a second term as president. Whether he succeeds or not will depend far less on the adoption by the ANC of a coherent political programme for ensuring a 'better life for all' than whether he can convince key forces within the ANC that he can and will continue to promote and protect their material interests and ability to loot the State. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]