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Zuma: some views from abroad
So what do people from other African countries think of the man who will take over the continent’s most powerful economy?
Reuters Africa Journal asked a few.
“South Africa is one of the biggest democracies that we have and I have got a lot of confidence in their election process and what I think about Zuma,” said Phaenius Mushayi from Harare.
“I think Zuma is a very integral leader. I mean he has been there in ANC and he has stood behind the people, he has stood for the people and a lot of people have confidence in him.”
Another resident of the Zimbabwean capital, Mbuso Makodza, took a less rosy view.
“I think the future of South Africa, for me, they have got a lot of challenges. Of course they have got the independence in terms of ruling, but in terms of the economy, the economy is still controlled by a lot of whites and I still believe the
black man doesn’t have a say in the economy.
“Those who have got a say are the people who have benefited from black economic empowerment, and it has benefited just a few people.”
Two residents of Nairobi were pretty optimistic about prospects for South Africa under Zuma.
“When I look at South Africa I wouldn’t be so much worried about their future because they have weathered a lot of storms in the past,” said Steve Onganga.
And this was Joyce Awino’s view: “Zuma, I’m happy because I know he’s going to win and he’s going to bring the country to be a change. So that is why we are happy ….”
So, in an admittedly unscientific survey of the view from Africa, that’s three in favour and one not so sure. Who is right?