"Asia and Africa today"
- is a scientificl monthly journal (in Russian)
of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Included in Russian Science Citation Index on
WoS platform, and EBSCO Publishing.
ISSN 0321-5075
Published since July 1957.

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SOUTH AFRICA: A NEW DAWN?

DOI:10.31857/S032150750003337-2

Vladimir G. SHUBIN, Dr.Sc. (History), Principal Research Fellow, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences; Research Fellow, Centre for Military Studies, Stellenbosch University; member, Editorial Board, “Aziya i Afrika segodnya” journal ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

   The article analyses the political situation in South Africa in the recent period and the political crisis that culminated in the resignation of President Jacob Zuma. He came to the leadership of the ANC in late 2007, when at the national conference of the African National Party he won over the then president of the country Thabo Mbeki, having received the support of 60% of delegates. In 2009, after the general election Zuma confidently took over as president of South Africa, having been elected by the ANC majority in parliament.

   However in recent years his reputation was irreparably damaged, and in the South African political vocabulary a new term appeared - "state capture," meaning the use of the state apparatus and state property for personal purposes. Various political forces began to call for his resignation, including those, who supported him earlier against Mbeki.