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Vol 53 No 4

Published 17th February 2012

South Africa

The state of Zuma’s nation

The promises sound good but money may be short as the President stakes his claim to another term at the helm

President Jacob Zuma gave his third, and best, State of the Nation Address to a joint session of Parliament on 9 February. To show their growing power, the intelligence services took over security for the event and locked down Cape Town. Many streets were closed, there were snipers on roofs near Parliament and military vehicles perched menacingly along the main road into town. The President and his first wife Sizakele Zuma (known as MaKhumalo) arrived in a custom-made bullet-proof vehicle. At Parliament, the oppressive security arrangements were offset by the politicians’ customary fashion parade.

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