President Jacob Zuma’s resignation is good news, not just for SA, but also for its neighbours and the world. It offers the chance to reclaim one of history’s most momentous opportunities — the post-apartheid pursuit of equality, justice and prosperity, with oppressed and one-time oppressors joined in common cause. If SA succeeds, it can transform the prospects for the rest of the continent. If it fails, the rest of Africa will be set back. The country’s new leaders have the fate of SA’s citizens in their hands — and that of hundreds of millions beyond its borders. President Cyril Ramaphosa deserves great credit for engineering Zuma’s departure after winning leadership of the ANC. Just how much of a struggle that was, on the other hand, is sobering. It points to the scale of challenges to come. Zuma’s reign of scandal and error should never have lasted so long. In 2009, he took office under the shadow of corruption charges linked to a multi-billion-dollar arms deal. Numerous allegati...

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