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South African President Jacob Zuma wipes his eyes while sitting next to Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel during former South African President Nelson Mandela's funeral service in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
South African President Jacob Zuma wipes his eyes while sitting next to Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel during former South African President Nelson Mandela's funeral service in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
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Geoffrey York

With Zuma discredited, why do South Africans stick with the ANC?

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Nelson Mandela’s political heirs: the ruling African National Congress and its leader, President Jacob Zuma.

The public mourning for Mr. Mandela should have been a golden chance for Mr. Zuma to hitch his wagon to the anti-apartheid hero and boost his popular support in Africa’s richest country. He tried that tactic, but it backfired badly. In a stunning blow to his authority, Mr. Zuma was jeered relentlessly by a huge crowd at the official Mandela memorial last week.