On the face of it, President Jacob Zuma had a pretty good week. He survived the biggest threat yet to his hold on power when 104 members of the ANC’s National Executive Committee declined a vote on his “recall”.
Then he jetted off to Havana, rubbing shoulders with soulmates like Robert Mugabe and Nicolas Maduro and getting to read a eulogy at the funeral of his hero Fidel Castro who ruled Cuba for 47 years. Zuma also ensured the ANC once again committed itself to turning SA into a massive construction site, promising huge infrastructural spending to spark a stagnant economy back to life.
But as independent economist Azar Jammine unpacks in this excellent contribution, beneath the surface seismic shifts are happening. Jammine says Zuma’s confidence will have been shaken by the weekend challenge to his position which, for the first time, came from within.