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Who will succeed Zuma?

Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma briefed the media on his administration’s progress since he delivered his State of the Nation address in February. President Zuma said that not all was "doom and gloom" and that South Africa was unfairly compared to other countries which never experienced apartheid.

John spoke to Political and Policy Analyst, Professor Somadoda Fikeni about Zuma's progress made in the country. A plan by government to counter the negativity (and lack of confidence) in the country, as well as to take the eyes away from Nkandlagate - which he says has become 'a national obsession' ahead of local government election.

According to Prof Fikeni, with issues he raised as challenges, like Digital Migration, he didn't explain how things will be done differently.

I don't think Zuma will give up very easily but the problems around him are immense and he has a range of legal challenges and he may be more worried about that. That may take away from his savaging whatever he can of his legacy.

Professor Somadoda Fikeni, Political and Policy Analyst

Fikeni mentions that while Cyril Ramaphosa is next in line for presidency, by the very nature of him being a deputy president and until another candidate is announced; Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma may become a serious candidate (as soon as her tenure ends in Addis Ababa) and it may be a tussle between the two.

Listen to the full conversation below:

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