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Vol 50 No 9

Published 1st May 2009

South Africa

Learning to love Jacob Zuma

A pragmatic coalition of pro-market politicians and presidential loyalists will dominate the new cabinet

There is some truth in Jacob Zuma's insistence that he owes no favours after the African National Congress's sweeping election victory on 22 April. It was the culmination of Zuma's five-year comeback campaign and shows both the party's continuing resilience and the opposition's weakness (AC Vol 50 Nos 7 & 8). The markets liked it and the rand strengthened as the results came in. The result also confirmed the strength of personal support for Zuma, especially in his base of KwaZulu-Natal. These developments run counter to the ANC's traditions of collective leadership and opposition to ethnic politics.

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