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Vol 58 No 12

Published 9th June 2017

South Africa

Zuma's chaos theory

Facing down his many foes in the ANC, the President could be planning to use the crisis to prolong his leadership

Nothing seems to stick to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and the more he is attacked, the more powerfully he bounces back, albeit at the expense of his rapidly waning credibility. Deploying the same mixture of charisma and Machiavellian cunning that served him well as head of counter-intelligence for the African National Congress during the liberation struggle, Zuma has succeeded in repeatedly outsmarting his opponents within the ANC and his critics in the wider society.

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