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Vol 51 No 4

Published 19th February 2010

South Africa

The state of Jacob Zuma

Jobs and housing, not sex scandals, will determine the President’s future as party rivals struggle for influence in the government

Reports of President Jacob Zuma’s political demise are exaggerated. Yet what should have been a moment of triumph for him during the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison proved to be yet another tribulation in his worst week yet as President. The usually unflappable Zuma looked rattled as he arrived at Parliament in Cape Town to give the State of the Nation address on 11 February. His speech was a damp squib – too plodding to fire up his political base and too short on specifics to impress the markets.

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