1792 ZUMA’S GOING
Ralph Mathekga, political analyst and author
When Jacob Zuma goes, whether through retirement, decree or popular demand, what will be left behind?
Though anti-Zuma sentiment clearly reached its zenith in 2017, the fact is that South Africa has been in the grip of the ‘Zunami’ since May 2009. An era marked by scandal, corruption and allegations of state capture has left the country and its people disheartened, but not without hope.
Jacob Zuma’s time is running out – indeed, may have run out by the time of this lecture. Whether he leaves the presidency after the ANC’s national conference in 2017, stays on until 2019, or is forced to retire much sooner, the question is: what impact will his departure have on South Africa, its people and on the ruling party? Can we fix the damage, and how?
This lecture puts Zumaʼs leadership in the spotlight, and considers what a post-Zuma South Africa might hold for its people.
Mathekga, R. 2016. When Zuma Goes. Cape Town: Tafelberg