Battered Zuma gambles on populist shift to ensure survival

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President Jacob Zuma raises four fingers to make his point about SA's top four banks. (Photo: screengrab from SABC)
President Jacob Zuma raises four fingers to make his point about SA's top four banks. (Photo: screengrab from SABC)

Cape Town - With his time as leader of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress running out, President Jacob Zuma is gambling that a raft of populist measures can bolster his grassroots support and ensure his political survival.

Radical economic transformation” was the theme of Zuma’s annual State of the Nation address (SONA) on Thursday delivered amid scenes of lawmakers brawling and security forces imposing an unprecedented lockdown outside Parliament.

READ: How radical will Zuma really be?

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