According to this article, now that South African president Thabo Mbeki has stepped down, his most likely successor will be Jacob Zuma. Zuma’s got a checkered past, to say the least (he first came to my attention during his 2005 rape trial – in which, it must be said, he was acquitted).
I’ve followed previous threads on these boards discussing Zimbabwe and whether or not South Africa could follow it on its path to ruin. Many South Africans on those occasions were very confident that the same thing could not happen in their country (like here, for example.) But I have to say, the likely election of Zuma as president looks very discouraging from where I’m sitting.
So (whether or not he would or even could bring things quite to the level of ruination as Mugabe did in Zimbabwe) what would Jacob Zuma’s election mean for the future of South Africa? Should South Africans be afraid?