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The disastrous legacy of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma

The disastrous legacy of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma

print-edition icon Print edition | Middle East and AfricaFeb 15th 2018 | JOHANNESBURGtwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconJACOB ZUMA was defiant until the end. For years he had ignored the clamour of South Africans fed up with near-constant scandals and court rulings against him. In his final days as president, Mr Zuma even scorned the…

JACOB ZUMA was defiant until the end. For years he had ignored the clamour of South Africans fed up with near-constant scandals and court rulings against him. In his final days as president, Mr Zuma even scorned the appeals of members of his party, the African National Congress (ANC), as they pleaded with him to resign. Yet even as he hardened his heart against leaving, his comrades hardened theirs against him, threatening to support an opposition-sponsored vote of no confidence on February 15th.

Faced with the prospect of humiliation, Mr Zuma announced his resignation “with immediate effect” in a live television broadcast late in the evening of February 14th. It was his second appearance on television that day.

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