Jacob Zuma, who resigned as SA’s president on Wednesday, joined the ANC when he was a teenage herdsboy and dedicated his life to the anti-apartheid struggle, spending years in exile and jail before rising to the country’s top job. Now, after almost nine years of power, he leaves behind a party hollowed out by infighting and corruption and at risk of losing its 24-year-long hold on power. Cyril Ramaphosa, the new ANC leader and the party’s choice to succeed Zuma as president, will be left to rebuild institutions that were undermined by years of impunity for Zuma’s allies as they allegedly pilfered from the state. Although the ANC won two elections with Zuma as leader and its majority remains intact, Ramaphosa will face a tough task preserving the party’s control at the polls in 2019. For some, the party will never fully recover its legitimacy after the Zuma era. Appropriately for a man accused of destroying the ANC’s place as a revered liberation movement, it fell to the foundation t...

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