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President Jacob Zuma jubilates after surviving the no-confidence vote. (AP)
President Jacob Zuma jubilates after surviving the no-confidence vote. (AP)

William Gumede

President Jacob Zuma’s dramatic survival of the motion of no confidence in Parliament on Tuesday strengthened his hand to engineer, just like Russian President Vladimir Putin, a proxy successor.  

Putin appointed his former deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as president in 2008 while he became prime minster, and Medvedev, after his term, swopped back into the presidency. 

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