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South Africa Can't Rise Under Zuma's Cloud

The president's scandals are a symptom of a much bigger problem.
Zuma's money pit.

Zuma's money pit.

Photographer: RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images

Unlike the 25 percent of his fellow citizens who are without one, South African President Jacob Zuma doesn’t have to worry about finding a new job -- for now, at least. But South Africa will not prosper until it roots out the corruption and impunity that mark both his administration and the party that he represents.

The ruling African National Congress blocked an effort last Tuesday to impeach Zuma after the country’s highest court found he had violated South Africa’s constitution. Zuma has presided over not only a series of political and legal scandals, but also a precipitous decline in South Africa’s economic fortunes.