Best of Voices: Zuma's Putinesque plan

2017-08-10 16:01
President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma

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Behind all Zuma’s political maneuvers has been his main strategy to lift a sympathetic successor, who would be able to protect him from prosecution for corruption when he steps down. He has been fearful that his enemies within and outside the ANC will prosecute him in the same way Brazil’s former President Lula da Silva has been successfully prosecuted for corruption after his presidential term. 

Zuma is desperately trying to get his ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former African Union chairperson, to succeed him as ANC and South African president. This way, he reckons he would secure protection from prosecution of himself, his family and allies for alleged corruption.
Dlamini-Zuma is opposed by Zuma’s main rival, deputy president of the ANC and South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, writes William Gumede.

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The ANC just cut off its nose to spite its face

By and large South Africans have matured. Many knew all along that despite all the good intentions of the many people within the ANC, despite their well-intended speeches, they would continue to cut their nose to spite their face.

But the results came as a surprise. This was a narrow escape for the president. Altogether 198 against and 177, in favour, is not much of a difference. And to add to that 9 MPs abstained.

In my observations the ANC is not only at war with South Africa and South Africans but also with the laws of nature, writes Chris Kanyane.

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Rejoicing in the loss of the no-confidence vote

The motion failed.

Devastation followed. The Rand tanked. Hopelessness spread. Heads were shaken in silence. Words were not spoken and everyone wondered what will happen next.

I however, am overjoyed. And this is why:

No matter the result, South Africans live in a vibrant, robust and young democracy. This is a democracy that allows parties to debate the behaviour of the president and even do so with humour and good cheer, writes Howard Feldman.

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