Prince Mashele Explains the Continued Support for President Jacob Zuma
Thuso Khumalo from Voice of America spoke to Prince Mashele, executive director at the Center for Politics and Research and co-author of The Fall of the ANC: What Next?, about President Jacob Zuma’s ability to survive the various scandals that he has been linked to since coming in to power.
Mashele attributes Zuma’s staying power partly to the loyalty that people feel towards the ANC despite him, and partly to people who fear that they would also go down if he did:
Prince Mashele, executive director at the Center for Politics and Research, a think tank and research institute, said Zuma has strategically made the survival of those around him, dependent on him, hence their reluctance to act against him.
“There is a great deal of loyalty towards the ANC, So people will be voting for the ANC even though they don’t like Zuma. But Zuma will benefit from that,” said Mashele. “Secondly, a majority of them by the way, they know that if Zuma were to go down, they will also go down, so they will protect Zuma. By protecting Zuma they are protecting themselves.”