South Africa’s president and the future of the ANC in question

World Today

South Africa Zuma Challenge Members of the opposition parties protest outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. South Africa’s opposition groups marked the 75th birthday of President Jacob Zuma with a protest against him, pushing for his resignation because of scandals and his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

In South Africa, the month of April has seen some of the largest protests since the anti-apartheid struggle.

A string of scandals that involve President Jacob Zuma has united political opponents and civic rights groups with sharply different ideologies to unite.

They have organized protests tha have attracted tens of thousands of people to join anti-Zuma rallies.

Even on April 12, the day that marked the president’s 75th birthday, police estimated 30,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Pretoria, the capital city. But organizers said the number of demonstrators was higher.

The large crowd gathered at a central square and marched peacefully to the Union buildings, where Zuma’s offices are located.

Here are some of the scandals that are weakening the legacy of the African National Congress:

Ndileka Mandela, the grandchild of Nelson Mandela, has publicly criticized the party, saying the party no longer represents the values her grandfather voted for. She said she will not vote for her grandfather’s party.

The ANC has governed South Africa for more than 23 years and controls eight of the country’s nine provinces.

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