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Vol 53 No 1

Published 6th January 2012


South Africa

Zuma goes for broke

Ructions in the ANC and the President’s grim fight to hold on to power will have economic as well as political consequences

The election that matters is the one within the governing African National Congress, whose December conference in Mangaung in the Free State will pick its presidential candidate for national elections in 2014. The winner will almost certainly be President Jacob Zuma. He has many critics, in the ANC and outside, but the veteran operator knows his opponents are divided and his side will keep using state institutions, including the intelligence, police and judicial services, to keep them down and off-balance. Such battles will take some of the shine off this year’s ANC’s centenary celebrations and festivities that Zuma had hoped would boost his leadership campaign.

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