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Presidents who subvert democracies they vowed to protect can hit a brick wall: ask Jacob Zuma

By Roger Southall, Professor of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand
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It can be tough when you are a former president in a democracy you have attempted to subvert, especially when that democracy comes back to bite you. Former South African president Jacob Zuma is finding this out the hard way.

Zuma is holed up in his expansive homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, since being ousted from the presidency in February 2018. His leadership of the governing African National Congress (ANC) ended with the election of his nemesis,…


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