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Vol 55 No 6

Published 21st March 2014

South Africa

Nkandla report hurts Zuma

The damning conclusions of the Public Protector on the financing of the President’s homestead will upset the balance of power within the ANC

The findings of an official investigation that President Jacob Zuma personally benefited from the multi-million dollar refurbishment of his Nkandla homestead will weaken his position and cost the governing African National Congress votes in the general elections on 7 May. The timing of the report, released on 19 March, means that polling is probably too close for Zuma’s opponents within the ANC to move against him now. Although many outside his inner circle want him to stand down in favour of his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, the President’s key allies will close ranks around him, at least until after the vote.

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