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Next Africa: Graft Opens Door to Organized Crime

South African police officers in Soweto on July 10 after 14 people where shot dead in a tavern.

South African police officers in Soweto on July 10 after 14 people where shot dead in a tavern.

Photographer: Emmanuel Croset/AFP/Getty Images

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A near-decade of corruption and mismanagement during Jacob Zuma’s presidency has been blamed for South Africa’s crippling power cuts and a collapse in municipal services.