Jacob Zuma won't be remembered as a liberation hero, but as a corrupt leader who broke the South African left.
Benjamin Fogel is doing his PhD in history at New York University and a contributing editor at Africa is a Country.
South Africa needs more than a new leader: it needs a new vision, one that levels economic inequality and dismantles patronage systems.
Apologetics for a kleptocratic tyrant have nothing to do with anti-imperialism.
What have we learned from the Pink Tide’s years in power?
From Donald Trump to Jacob Zuma, we can’t reduce politics to “getting rid of the bad guys” and expect to win.
A real political alternative in South Africa will come from powerful social movements — not charismatic leaders.
A revived South African trade union movement could challenge the ANC from its left.
Racism and crime in post-apartheid South Africa.
What happened to the African National Congress?
Today, South Africans will likely reelect Jacob Zuma and his African National Congress. But the party of Nelson Mandela is losing ground.
While Mandela was certainly a “great historical figure,” too many tributes have been unable to move beyond hagiography.