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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…

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

February 15, 2018

South Africa
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.

South-Africa-Zuma-Resigns-ANC

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.

South-Africa-Zuma-No-Confidence

April 19, 2017

Financial Markets
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'…

Podcast SA-Zuma Turmoil

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…

Nkandla_Zuma

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

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

March 31, 2017

South Africa
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…

Zuma Cabinet Reshuffle