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South Africa graft battle will prove larger than Zuma

Friday, July 2, 2021


The ruling comes in a broader context of pervasive corruption throughout the South African state and within the ruling ANC, and intensified official efforts to counter it.


  • The prison sentence and Zuma’s reaction to it will be a test of Zuma’s support in the ANC and the wider population.
  • Ramaphosa’s grip on the ANC has tightened, but fear of censure will remain a powerful source of internal party resistance to reform.
  • The ruling may improve confidence in the judiciary at a time when some individual judges and cases have been matters of concern.

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