Nov 23, 2017

Domino effect?

The silence of South Africa's governing African National Congress, especially in the hours immediately after the fall of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, was deafening. A former intelligence chief who has used the state apparatus to tighten his grip on power, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is spearheading a faction campaigning to install his ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as the next president, leading South Africans to draw parallels with Zimbabwe. For the Zuma-led faction, the ANC, under the late Nelson Mandela, made too many concessions to white South Africans to end minority rule, and these have to be reversed. This is why ANC youth leader Collen Maine said in December 2016: "We want the rand to fall, we need those economic turntables. The rand will fall but when it rises, we will be in charge of the economy of South Africa." Like Mr Mugabe, it wants South Africa to pursue a "Look East" policy - a point Mr Maine made when he called on the Youth League to compose a song entitled "Jacob Zuma, Economic Freedom Is In Your Hands".

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