ICWS Senior Research Fellow Martin Plaut is quoted in a CNBC article ‘Will closer ties to China rescue South Africa’s government?’
Last month’s municipal election results were the biggest electoral blow to the ruling ANC since it came to power in 1994, winning just under 54% of the national vote and losing control of key cities Johannesburg and Pretoria to the opposition Democratic Alliance. Following this, President Jacob Zuma has looked again to China for economic inspiration. However, as Martin Plaut argues, South Africa is still much more culturally wedded to the West than the East. Though the ANC “is fed up with the West wagging a finger at them… Zuma likes the Chinese. He considers them good people to do business with and they don’t lecture [him]”.