South Africa

  • Bruton Joins CBC News Network to Discuss South Africa's Situation

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  • Pham Joins VOA to Discuss South Sudan, Kenya, DRC, and South Africa

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  • The Post Zuma Economic Bump will be Brief

    Since Jacob Zuma took office in May 2009, South Africa’s economy has been a story of low-to-no growth, flagrant corruption, and extreme inequality. Indeed, his erratic policies have twice spiraled the economy into recession (in 2009 and 2017), resulting in significant slashes to the country’s credit rating and an overall downgrade of the country’s brand. The recent victory of Cyril Ramaphosa at the African National Congress (ANC) conference in December injected a sense of hope into the political and economic environment.  In his proposed “new deal,” he outlined economic growth targets of 5 percent by 2023 and an initiative to create one million new jobs in an effort to reduce South Africa’s unemployment rate, which hovers stubbornly over a painfully high 26 percent. 

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  • Pham Joins BBC to Discuss Resignation of South Africa President Jacob Zuma

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  • Total Recall: South Africa's President Zuma Told to Quit. Will He?

    Will he go? That’s the big question on the minds of South Africans this week as their president, Jacob Zuma, was asked to step down by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

    The NEC’s decision followed a marathon thirteen-hour meeting on February 12 to decide the fate of Zuma, who has been plagued by corruption allegations.

    Zuma’s successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, was elected president of the ANC in December of 2017, defeating Zuma’s former wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

    Ramaphosa faces a delicate balancing act. By forcing Zuma to heed the NEC’s call and resign, he would risk alienating large vote banks that remain loyal to the president. On the flip side, allowing Zuma to prolong this political crisis risks further tarnishing the ANC brand under Ramaphosa’s leadership.  

    With the NEC’s decision, the ball is now in Zuma’s court.

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  • Pham Joins CGTN America to Discuss Zuma’s Departure Drama

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  • McGrath Quoted by Foreign Policy on South Africa's Democratic Resilience

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  • Is the International Criminal Court About to Turn Irrelevant?

    Decisions by South Africa, Burundi, and the Gambia to leave the court raise questions about its future

    Near simultaneous decisions by South Africa, Burundi, and the Gambia to withdraw from the International Criminal Court have sparked fears of an exodus of African countries from The Hague-based court that is widely perceived as biased against Africans. Such a scenario raises serious concerns about the court’s future as well as questions about the judicial recourse that would remain for victims of the world’s worst atrocities.

    South Africa announced its intention to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) on October 21. The move shocked many in the international community who have long viewed South Africa as a champion of human rights on the continent.

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  • Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Frans Cronjé

    On Thursday, September 1, the Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion with Dr. Frans Cronjé, CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR), for a discussion on the future of the African National Congress (ANC) political party.

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  • South African Municipal Elections Illuminate Wavering Position for Ruling Party

    The African National Congress’ (ANC) defeat in critical municipalities during the local elections held on August 3 has revealed cracks in South Africa’s ruling political party and has highlighted the diminishing influence of President Jacob Zuma, according to the Atlantic Council’s Chloë McGrath.

    “The results of this municipal election have certainly created significant shockwaves for the ANC. Losing control over two major municipalities will definitely be a profound wake-up call for the party, as will slipping below the 60 percent mark for the first time since it came to power,” said McGrath.

    “The losses suffered by the ANC will shore up the case of anti-Zuma contingents within the party—some of whom even called for his resignation earlier in the year,” she added.

    The ANC, it’s main opposition party the Democratic Alliance (DA), and the newly-founded Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party competed for municipal seats and mayoral positions in the recent elections. The ANC lost key battleground municipalities to its main opposition—particularly Nelson Mandela Bay, which encompasses Port Elizabeth, and Tshwane, home to the administrative capital Pretoria, both of which have historically voted for ANC leadership. However, the ANC is still leading national polls and has won every national election since Nelson Mandela was elected president in 1994 following the end of apartheid.

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