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Dominance and decline: the ANC in the time of Zuma
Date: 12 November 2015
Time: 10h30 - 12h30
Venue: Conference room, ISS Pretoria, Block C, Brooklyn Court, map

As Jacob Zuma moves into the twilight years of his presidencies of both South Africa and the African National Congress (ANC), Professor Susan Booysen takes stock of his administration and its impact on the ruling party.

This event launches Booysen’s latest book, Dominance and decline: the ANC in the time of Zuma.

Using empirical evidence and analysis, she shows how the ANC has become centered on Zuma’s personage, and that its defense of his flawed leadership undermines the party’s capacity to govern competently and protect its long-term future.

As Zuma’s replacements start competing and succession politics takes shape, Booysen considers whether the ANC will recover from the damage wrought under Zuma’s reign and attain its former glory.

The author will be joined by well-known analyst and author Dr Mzukisi Qobo, in the discussion on this insightful and timely book. Copies of the book, published by Wits University Press, will be available for purchase.

Chair: Gareth Newham, Head, Governance, Crime and Justice division, ISS


  • Professor Susan Booysen, Graduate School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Dr Mzukisi Qobo, Associate Professor, Pan African Institute, University of Johannesburg
This event is co-hosted by the ISS and Wits University Press and made possible with funding from the Embassy of Sweden. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Conference room
ISS Pretoria
Block C
Brooklyn Court
Helen Chanda
Phone: +27 12 346 9500
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