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February 13, 2018

South Africa
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma stand at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town. Jacob Zuma’s Undoing

The scandal-plagued leader’s removal could set the party of Nelson Mandela on a path toward reestablishing South Africa as a role model for the rest of the continent.

October 21, 2008

South Africa
A Conversation with Jacob Zuma

After the forced resignation of South African president Thabo Mbeki in September, and the subsequent departure of several cabinet members, Kgalema Motlanthe was sworn in as South Africa's interim pre…

February 15, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Zuma-Resigns-ANC Finally, Jacob Zuma Resigns as President of South Africa

The governing African National Congress (ANC) and its large parliamentary majority moved quickly to elect deputy president and current party leader Cyril Ramaphosa to state presidency.

February 14, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Zuma-No-Confidence The Painful Exit of South Africa’s Jacob Zuma

Zuma is not out yet, but he will be by February 15. Today, Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete moved the motion of no confidence originally scheduled for February 22 to Thursday, February 15.

August 3, 2011

Politics and Government
Jacob Zuma’s Political Challenges Jacob Zuma’s Political Challenges

British Prime Minister David Cameron talks with South African President Jacob Zuma (R) as they attend a media conference in Pretoria in this handout picture, July 18, 2011. (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters) …

April 19, 2017

Financial Markets
Podcast SA-Zuma Turmoil Politics in Jacob Zuma's South Africa

In this episode of Africa in Transition, John Campbell and Allen Grane catch up with Simon Freemantle, senior political economist at Standard Bank Research. Recorded days before President Jacob Zuma'…

March 31, 2017

South Africa
Zuma Cabinet Reshuffle Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet Reshuffle Bad News for South Africa

As part of a wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle, President Jacob Zuma has fired highly respected Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, along with other long-time stalwarts of the…

February 9, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nkandla_Zuma Jacob Zuma and South Africa’s Constitution

The South African government spent about $24 million on “security upgrades” to President Jacob Zuma’s private estate, Nkandla. Those “security upgrades” included a swimming pool, a chicken run, and a…

December 24, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
#Zumamustfall Jacob Zuma’s Hold on Power

Jacob Zuma’s political power is based on his support by the African National Congress’s political apparatus – often called Luthuli House, after the party’s headquarters building in Johannesburg. With…

May 22, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Zuma Xenophobia The Conflicting Messages of Jacob Zuma

This is a guest post by Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, a journalist and adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has denounced the ant…