Tim Cohen Senior editor: Business Day

I was intrigued to read an interesting take on the demise of the ANC in the February 2034 edition of the Journal of Social and Political Science. The article by Aubrey Cheeki located the tipping point for the start of the decline in the party’s fortunes in the blisteringly hot summer of 2017. Not many people think about the ANC now, following its decision to disband a decade ago, after its dismal performance in the 2024 elections, but according to Cheeki, there are still important lessons to be learned from the party’s disappearance from the political scene. The history of the ANC’s decline remains one of the most surprising and disheartening trajectories of a once proud movement that bestrode the SA political scene under the leadership of the beloved Nelson Mandela. The outlines of the decline are well known: the ANC ejected its thoughtful but detached president, Thabo Mbeki, in 2009, and he was followed by the disastrous leadership of Jacob Zuma, who narrowly escaped a prison term...

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