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South Africa: ANC to Suffer as Zuma Survives

President Jacob Zuma has survived a week of unprecedented pressure since his cabinet reshuffle on 30 March. A credit rating downgrade has tipped South Africa toward being dropped from the investment grade grouping. Calls from numerous former allies for him to resign have been ignored, and Zuma has utilized his support in the ANC’s leadership structures to bolster his position against opponents. As a result, for now Zuma looks set to ride out the political storm he created. However, the political dynamics have shifted: with Zuma’s opponents within the ANC seemingly unable to find a way to remove him, the wider electorate is becoming increasingly disenchanted with the party.

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