Jacob Zuma

Ramaphosa’s Critical Choices to Get South Africa Back on Track

South Africa’s economy is in dire straits. Unemployment has reached a 15-year high of 27.6%. And in the first quarter of this year GDP growth dropped by 3.2%. That’s the biggest quarterly drop in a decade.Considered in conjunction with t...

Joburg Post·4 months ago

Achebe’s A Man of the People: A Prophetic Critique of ANC Presidents, Especially Ramaphosa?

“As I stood in one corner of that vast tumult waiting for the arrival of the Minister, I felt intense bitterness welling up in my mouth. Here were silly, ignorant villagers dancing themselves lame and waiting to blow off their gunpowder ...

Katlego Mereko·4 months ago

Ramaphosa Shows That He’s in Control. But Does He Have What it Takes to Win?

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s third State of the Nation Address  was longer on statecraft and strategy than his first of the year in February, even if it disappointed some critics with the lack of implementation detail.Much o...

Joburg Post·4 months ago

Zuma Will Appear Before Zondo Commission, but Still No Clarity On Whether He Will Testify

Former president Jacob Zuma is reportedly expected to appear before the state capture commission of inquiry next month, but it is unclear whether he will testify or cross-examine any witnesses who implicated him in state capture.Zuma's l...

Joburg Post·4 months ago

How Pentecostalism Explains Jacob Zuma’s Defiance And Lack Of Sham

Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s former president, has long been known as a man who lives beyond his means. Interestingly, this has made him a much-admired figure in the country’s neo-Pentecostal circles.Media exposés have laid bare Zuma’s mas...

Joburg Post·4 months ago

South African Probe Into Corruption Awaits a Star Witness – Jacob Zuma

It’s been almost a year since the Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture in South Africa began to hear testimony. Also known as the Zondo Commission, it is headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who has listened ...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

Zuma Plays Cat and Mouse With Corruption Inquiry: It May Be a High-Risk Strategy

South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma threatened on Friday to walk away from a judicial commission of inquiry into corruption, throwing the process into temporary confusion and uncertainty. An agreement was later cobbled together t...

Richard Calland·3 months ago

Zuma and Trump: Half a World Apart, Yet Similarly Paranoid and Dangerous

Within the space of a few days, we have been subjected to bizarre but carefully staged performances by US President Donald Trump and former South African President Jacob Zuma. Trump has spewed racist hate-speech against four Democratic P...

Roger Southall·3 months ago

#StateCaptureInquiry: Zuma Struggles to Recall Several Key Events of His Tenure as President

Former president Jacob Zuma on Tuesday struggled to recall several key events of his nine-year tenure as the head of state. Zuma continued giving evidence at the commission of inquiry probing state capture, and denied evidence implicatin...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

Zuma: "This Commission Was Created to Find Things On Me"

Former president Jacob Zuma appeared before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture led by Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo. Zuma's appearance before the Zondo commission has long been awaited, as in the days leading up...

Musa Mdunge·3 months ago

Zuma Shows, Once Again, that He’s Adroit at Playing to the Gallery

If there’s one thing South Africans can agree on, it’s that former President Jacob Zuma has always been adept at putting on a show. This has historically served him well – even since he was ousted in 2018. But lately his performance repe...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

Storm Around South Africa’s Public Protector Shows Robustness, Not a Crisis

Seemingly effective constitutional institutions can be quickly undermined by the actions of the people who serve in them. If we didn’t know that already, the South Afrixan Constitutional Court’s recent decision in the Reserve Bank case m...

Theunis Roux·3 months ago

South Africa’s Finances Are In Bad Shape. It’s Running Out of Time to Fix Them

South Africa’s public finances are in a perilous state. There are four main reasons for this. First, economic growth is low or non-existent. Second, tax revenue collection is repeatedly below forecasts. Third, debt levels have risen rapi...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

Little is Left of the Feminist Agenda That Swept South Africa 25 Years Ago

Twenty five years ago, on the eve of democratic transition, South African women were optimistic. They were confident of being included in democratic processes that would ensure greater representation for women and more spaces in the stat...

Amanda Gouws·3 months ago