ANALYSIS: Stepping out of the nuclear shadow of the Zuma years

- | 6 months ago

South Africa is a few weeks into the Sixth Administration of the democratic era – and there is a palpable sense of anxiety in the air.

Measured by sentiments across the media, in public and in private conversations, in the corridors of political and corporate power, and in the offices of social movements, cautious optimism trades places with deep senses of despondency, exasperation and pessimism. This is the cumulative effect of a type of nuclear shadow that the Zuma years have left on South Africa.

For better or for worse, Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to pull the country out of this shadow.

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