South Africa: President Jacob Zuma retains leadership of ANC

By IndepthAfrica
In South Africa
Dec 18th, 2012
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South African President Jacob Zuma attends a joint media briefing at the end of the plenary session of the BRICS Summit in New Delhi March 29, 2012. The BRICS group of emerging market nations voiced concern about the slow pace of reforms within the IMF in a draft summit declaration that also called for a transparent process to select the next World Bank president.

South African President Jacob Zuma attends a joint media briefing at the end of the plenary session of the BRICS Summit in New Delhi March 29, 2012. The BRICS group of emerging market nations voiced concern about the slow pace of reforms within the IMF in a draft summit declaration that also called for a transparent process to select the next World Bank president.

South African President Jacob Zuma has been reelected as leader of ruling party, the African National Congress. This permits him to be the head of state of the country for a further seven years.

Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa has been chosen as his deputy.

Over 4000 ANC delegates packed a marquee in Bloemfontein and cheered when Zuma was confirmed as the head of the party. He comfortably saw a challenge by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Zuma came to power in 2009, during South Africa’s first recession in 18 years. His economic policies have been criticised and he has also been involved in personal scandals. However, his popularity has remained high.

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