Thursday, July 30, 2009

Is Zuma losing his populist mojo?

Zapiro captured it perfectly in his cartoon. It showed Jacob Zuma trying in vain to get his “Mshini wam” tune going as strikers look on with little interest. What is clear now is that he is starting to lose traction with the mass bass base he was stirring into action during his rise to power.

Now the unions want their pound of flesh and Zuma cannot provide as government struggles against growing economic obstacles and lower tax revenues.

How deep is the rift? When the strike season is over and relative normality returns, Zuma’s political strength will be established, one way or the other.

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