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February 13, 2018

South Africa
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.

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

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 9, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
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…

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December 24, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
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…

#Zumamustfall

February 14, 2018

South Africa
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.

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May 22, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
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…

Zuma Xenophobia

August 3, 2011

Politics and Government
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) …

Jacob Zuma’s Political Challenges

June 28, 2011

South Africa
Jacob Zuma’s Tightrope Walk on Libya

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) sits next to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (R) before their meeting in Tripoli in this handout picture taken May 30, 2011. (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters) South…

Jacob Zuma’s Tightrope Walk on Libya

February 8, 2017

South Africa
Jacob Zuma and the State of the South African Nation

On February 9, President Jacob Zuma will deliver South Africa’s annual State of the Nation speech in parliament. The substance of the speech is likely to be a mixture of policy stability with calls f…

Zuma SONA 17

November 10, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Jacob Zuma’s Nine Lives

The publication on November 2 of the South Africa Public Protector’s report on “state capture” by the president and his cronies, the Gupta family, would seem to indicate Jacob Zuma’s direct involveme…

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