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South Africa nPresident Jacob Zuma, arrives for his inauguration ceremony in Pretoria on May, 24, 2014.
South Africa nPresident Jacob Zuma, arrives for his inauguration ceremony in Pretoria on May, 24, 2014.
(MUJAHID SAFODIEN/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

In South Africa, Zuma’s ‘radical’ rhetoric means more of the same

When a president begins his second term by promising “radical” economic change, and when the president is backed by a 62-per-cent election majority, it sounds like a serious blow to the status quo. But in South Africa, things are never quite that simple.

Jacob Zuma was inaugurated for his second term as South Africa’s President this weekend, and on Sunday night he unveiled his new cabinet. In his speeches this weekend, he repeated his election pledge to launch a “radical phase of socioeconomic transformation.”