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Zuma’s people

Ahead of the World Cup, South Africa’s politics is in as dismal a state as its national football team

By Stephen Chan   June 2010

Jacob Zuma and the ANC won a huge electoral victory in South Africa’s 2009 elections, and just over a year later, the beautiful stadia built for the World Cup are an exact legacy: beautiful and, for most of the time, empty. The one in Durban was modelled on the pattern of the South African flag, and has an arch like Wembley’s. The one in Nelspruit, a small town 760 km from Durban, has 46,000 seats coloured to form a gigantic zebra pattern—an animal most South Africans have never seen. The zebras are on the game parks, seen by tourists, while…

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