TIM COHEN: Jacob Zuma slips into an abyss, but he is not the ANC's biggest problem
The party remains rooted to the spot as the president’s popularity plummets and the polls reflect a turning tide
This column is free to read for today. To read opinion, analysis, commentary and breaking news like this everyday, subscribe to BusinessLIVE South Africans woke up on Monday to some profoundly disappointing news: the Teflon Don escaped censure once again. The resolution tabled at the ANC’s national executive committee meeting at the weekend that President Jacob Zuma should resign was defeated again, and now SA seems certain to live in a state of flux and confusion until at least the party’s December conference. So, alas, Zuma won again. Or did he? The presumption that there was a good chance he would be ousted was always a case of wishful thinking. The idea was boosted by two slightly miscued news items last week. The first was that the number of people in the executive committee opposing Zuma had increased to more than half its members, who normally number about 86. As it turns out, this was never true. Overall, only 18 people spoke out against Zuma at the meeting and 23 were in ...