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April 4, 2017

South Africa
Uncertainties Mount Whether Zuma’s Presidency Will Survive

Voices calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign or to be removed from office are getting louder in the wake of his cabinet reshuffle and removal of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Within his Afric…

Jacob Zuma Cabinet Reshuffle

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

March 29, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Rand Falls as Finance Minister Gordhan is Ordered Home

On March 27, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas were on an investor road show to the United Kingdom and the United States when they were abruptly ordered to ret…

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December 6, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
S&P Leaves South Africa’s Bond Rating Unchanged

Standard & Poor (S&P), the international credit rating agency, left its assessment of South Africa’s foreign-currency debt unchanged. It remains at the same level as Italy’s and India’s. However, it …

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November 1, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s President Zuma as Mafioso

Critics worldwide of South African President Jacob Zuma characterize his administration as “Mafiosi” in style. South African society is characterized by gross inequality, generally with blacks on the…

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October 12, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Exit of South Africa’s Finance Minister? Not So Fast

Pravin Gordhan faces charges of fraud and has been summoned to the Pretoria Regional Court on November 2. The charges appear to be spurious. They concern Gordhan’s approval of the early retirement of…

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September 30, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Big South African Union Endorses Cyril Ramaphosa for ANC Party Leader

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) endorsed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the presidency of the African National Congress (ANC) on September 26. The election of party president will take …

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August 31, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa: Fat Politicians and Thin Voters

A month after the governing African National Congress (ANC) lost heavily in South Africa’s municipal elections, the party is at war with itself. From my perspective, the struggle is between democrati…

South Africa Voters

August 24, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
The New Architecture of South African Politics

Following the governing African National Congress’s (ANC) decline in the August 3 municipal elections, in effect a referendum on the scandal plagued administration of President Jacob Zuma, South Afri…

Coalition Governments

May 17, 2016

South Africa
South Africa’s Currency Falls Again on Rumors of Finance Minister’s Arrest

On May 15, the Sunday Times (English, Johannesburg) published rumors of the impending arrest of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan over alleged revenue service irregularities. However, on May 16, Beeld …

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