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Talking Point 12.4.2017 05:45 am

Anatomy of the downfall of a revolution

Zuma has long not been part of the revolution. He has become the face of its possible demise.

Love, it has been sung by Jennifer Lopez and lesser beings, makes the world go ʼround. However, it is money that greases the wheels, and as the South African economy slips inexorably to take its place in the junk market, ANC stalwarts and veterans are asking, how did this happen?

Anatomy of the downfall of a revolution
Anatomy of the downfall of a revolution

Anatomy of the downfall of a revolution

Zuma has long not been part of the revolution. He has become the face of its possible demise.

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