South Africa: Removing Zuma? Crucially Important, but Not Easy, or Simple

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President Jacob Zuma (file photo).

The moment it was announced that the then-ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had won the race to be the new leader, it was obvious that pressure would soon mount for removal of Jacob Zuma as SA President. Despite the narrowness of his victory, and the fact that both the top six National Leaders and the NEC are narrowly divided, there is a growing expectation that Zuma will go, and go soon. And while it is obviously unsustainable for him to stay in office for long with Ramaphosa as ANC leader, there are also reasons to believe that this may not be a quick and easy victory for Ramaphosa, but in fact this could turn out to be a long, drawn-out process. By STEPHEN GROOTES.

It is well-known that many people in urban areas would celebrate more if Zuma were to get fired, than they did when Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma lost the ANC leadership election. Polling data shows that Zuma has become both the face and symbol of corruption; many people see him as the reason their lives have not improved over the last decade. While Zuma is not entirely to blame, such has been his own behaviour, the scandals around...

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