‘If Mugabe could be shafted so can Zuma - the view of many in SA’

FILE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

When opinion turns against you; it can happen very quickly.

Daniel Silke

The days of dynastic politics, I would argue, are over.

Daniel Silke

The fall of Robert Mugabe is set to have a knock-on effect in South Africa as the country moves towards a similar watershed moment at the ANC’s elective conference next month.

So said Independent Political Analyst Daniel Silke on Monday (click here for his article).

Mugabe’s anti-colonial rhetoric was popular among many in the ANC, but years of misrule were also seen as a warning of what South Africa could become.

Silke highlighted the symbolic value in the ability of a long-suffering nation like Zimbabwe, so synonymous with the rule of Mugabe, to shrug off his damaging persona.

For many, he said, the view will be that “if Mugabe could be shafted, so could Zuma”.

Silke referred to Jacob Zuma as South Africa’s Mugabe, adding that Zanu-PF's example shows that the ANC can survive while shafting Zuma – “a powerful message”.

Those worried about South Africa's poor economy, rampant corruption and lack of service delivery will “look north for the example of leadership change and the desire to break from the past”, said Silke.

That is not good news for the Zuma camp, he added.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Silke.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

Mugabe will go out fighting.

Daniel Silke

I suspect he [Mugabe] will elongate this as long as he can.

Daniel Silke

This is certainly a warning…

Daniel Silke

It creates a sense of vulnerability not only for Mugabe, but also for Zuma.

Daniel Silke

Zanu-PF will be telling the electorate they are ready to reboot; they are ready to self-correct.

Daniel Silke

A Ramaphosa victory can restore some of that lost support, especially in the urban areas.

Daniel Silke

These parallels are interesting…

Daniel Silke

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