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Spot the difference: Zuma vs Mugabe. Too late to learn lessons from Zimbabwe?

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South African President Jacob Zuma and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.
South African President Jacob Zuma and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

Many South Africans are feeling negative about the country’s prospects. Bombarded with news of corruption, political shenanigans and general economic decay, many ponder whether South Africa is following the route of Zimbabwe into collapse and international obscurity. South Africa is not there – yet.

However, look at how Robert Mugabe fiddled with the constitution and played various political games to ensure he has remained in power and it is hard to deny that there are some stark similarities with Jacob Zuma and Mugabe at an earlier stage.

Like Mugabe did many years ago, Zuma appears to be seeking to silence critics by controlling the SABC and influencing the Independent Media group and Gupta-owned media outlets. Patronage and corruption are becoming more pronounced, while citizens struggle to lift themselves out of poverty and entrepreneurs work against legislation-imposed disadvantages.

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