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Vol 51 No 8

Published 16th April 2010

South Africa

In a league of his own

Claiming that he made Jacob Zuma President, Julius Malema now faces a challenge to his own power base

This week, President Jacob Zuma has hard choices to make about Julius Malema, the vociferous leader of the African National Congress Youth League. Malema has several times publicly contradicted the government on local and foreign policy matters and has now publicly fallen out with Zuma and the party leadership. Yet Zuma’s ambition to secure a second term as ANC President is premised on strong support from ANCYL. Now he may have to face down Malema publicly and oust him from the leadership, probably with support from other party structures and the wider electorate.

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