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Title:The coming crisis of Zuma's ANC: the party state confronts fiscal crisis
Author:Southall, RogerISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:public finance
political conditions
African National Congress (South Africa)
heads of State
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2015.1083970
Abstract:Rising state expenditure threatens to outstrip the South African government's ability to pay. This danger is merely a symptom of and challenge to the predatory characteristics of the 'party-state' erected by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), notably as they are exhibited under the presidency of Jacob Zuma. The ANC government is increasingly looking to an oil and gas bonanza to avoid a 'fiscal cliff', while Zuma himself is driving a nuclear power future which threatens to bankrupt the economy. The latter strategy conforms to the party's greater disposition to corruption and patronage. Key parastatals have become headed by Zuma cronies; family and friends have been awarded government favour; and Zuma's personal interests intrude upon the governance of parastatals, the South African Revenue Service and the functioning of constitutionally protected agencies such as the office of the Public Protector. The Zuma government's repudiation of accountability highlights an official drift to secrecy. However, the increasing limitations of ANC economic policy combine with growing discontent in society to place the party's political hegemony at risk, but Zuma's presidency has compromised the ANC's capacity for internal reform. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]