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Vol 50 No 8

Published 17th April 2009

South Africa

Zuma's surprise package

The coming presidency will face the hard times with some unexpectedly right-wing measures and boosted security services

Jacob Zuma's inevitable ascent to the presidency has been achieved at considerable cost. The governing African National Congress has been absorbed for the last year in faction-fighting, dealing with defections, quashing Zuma's corruption charges and bullying the National Prosecution Authority to drop the case. The result was a legal mess: the NPA cited its receipt of illegal intercepts (see Pointer) as its reason for dropping the case but failed to explain why its top investigators had been working on the Zuma case for the past four years - unless they too were part of a political plot. For Zuma, it is mission accomplished. The main project now is to run the government.

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