Zuma’s end game

It is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly likely that Ja­cob Zuma will be ousted as pres­i­dent be­fore the 2019 elec­tion. Who will suc­ceed him?

Finweek English Edition - - THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE: POLITICS - By Natalie Greve

with scan­dal-hit Ja­cob Zuma l i kely to exit as pres­i­dent of the rul­ing ANC at the party’s elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber 2017, de­bates around his po­ten­tial party and state suc­ces­sor con­tinue to gather mo­men­tum as the coun­try en­vis­ages a Zu­mafree po­lit­i­cal fu­ture.

Like many of his con­tem­po­raries, as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of pol­i­tics at Wits Univer­sity, Daryl Glaser, be­lieves Zuma’s po­lit­i­cal power will be­gin to dwin­dle fol­low­ing the elec­tive con­fer­ence, at which the party will usher in a new, less pub­licly mired party leader.

“My ba­sic feel­ing now is that noth­ing mo­men­tous is go­ing to hap­pen be­tween now and the 2017 elec­tive [con­fer­ence]. Zuma has man­aged to sur­vive the sever­est of attacks and noth­ing else be­tween now and De­cem­ber presents it­self ob­vi­ously as an­other pre­text for an at­tempt to get rid of him.

“Cer­tainly le­gal cases will play them­selves out, but Zuma is a master of le­gal de­lay and it’s proven very dif­fi­cult to nail him legally. I think he will be­come legally weak at some

“Cer­tainly le­gal cases will play them­selves out, but Zuma is a master of le­gal de­lay and it’s proven very dif­fi­cult to nail him legally.”

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