Letter From South Africa

The Fall of Jacob Zuma

For President Jacob Zuma and his ruling African National Congress (ANC), 2017 is the year of decision. For although national parliamentary elections will not occur until 2019, in December this year the ANC will hold its quadrennial conference, at which a new party president will be chosen. This person immediately becomes the country’s presumptive next President and Zuma becomes a lame duck. With the stakes so high, the campaigning has already been under way for some time and will reach a crescendo as the year goes on. Zuma’s presidency has been disastrous. Corruption has run riot, led by the example…

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