Zuma holds key to his legacy
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s reflections on his legacy has sparked a media frenzy. In his exclusive interview with this publication, Zuma was bullish about his achievements as leader of the ANC and the country. He expanded at length on his efforts to erase inefficiencies in government, his efforts to implement economic transformation and to manage the fractures within the ruling party and its alliance partners.
In the same interview Zuma was unequivocal on his determination to complete his term as president of the country. This has no doubt created a conundrum for the ANC as it gears up to choose a new leader in December. The scenario where he could be recalled will be easier if Cyril Ramaphosa is elected as ANC president. The backers of Ramaphosa have made this abundantly clear throughout his campaign for the top party post.
However, Zuma’s insistence on completing his presidential term does create a problem for the other leading contender, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Until now she has remained mum on how she will deal with the challenge of two centres of power.
Immediately after the December conference, the ANC will have to gear up for the 2019 national and provincial elections where it is predicted that the party will have its hands full to retain its stranglehold at the polls.
If it is to succeed in convincing a sceptical electorate that it still holds the keys for extricating the country from its numerous challenges, the ANC will have to resolve the two centres of power conundrum.
Despite his stated intentions to remain in power, Zuma might make his party’s task easier by offering to step down voluntarily and in the process enhance his legacy.
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