ANC power struggle shows that South Africa is not exceptional (after all)
South Africa is in the grip of political uncertainty. That President Jacob Zuma will go before the official end of his tenure after national electionsnext year is inevitable. But when, how, and at what cost to the ANC and the country?
The current crisis is being framed as one of internal party politics – or the immorality of Zuma and his supporters. In fact, the impact is much bigger and wider, affecting South Africa’s standing in Africa, and in the world.
In 1994 the world, and particularly African countries, looked to South Africa to provide ethical leadership after the end of apartheid. This was boldly depicted in the "African Renaissance" – the cultural, scientific and economic renewal of the continent championed by former president Thabo Mbeki.
For a short time, South Africa occupied the moral high ground and was able to influence the agenda of intergovernmental organisations like the United Nations (UN), the African Union and the South African Development Community.