South Africa, since the ANC coming to power in 1991, has been a beacon for economic stability as well as strong political leadership. Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki have both been quite responsible leaders and have held together what was supposed to be a powder keg of a country post Apartheid. They have been a beacon of African progress amidst a continent of division, war and poverty.
Jacob Zuma will begin to lead South Africa in 2009. His populist economic policies as well his various corruption and even rape allegations make him somewhat more of a step backwards for the country rather than forwards. He will also have to address many important issues facing South Africa like the growing AIDS epidemic as well as Mugabe’s collapsing regime to the north. Will the ascension of Jacob Zuma to the Presidency reverse the progress made in South Africa by the ANC up to this point?