South Africa: Market Taliban versus Populist Taliban

Andile Mngxitama discusses the presidential succession debate in South Africa in terms of “Market Taliban versus Populist Taliban: “Developments around the presidential succession debate have brought to the fore, at least on the analytical plain, two main contending forces. These forces are symbolically represented in the persons of President Thabo Mbeki on the one hand and his former Deputy Jacob Zuma on the other. For lack of a useful coinage these forces can be characterised as a Market Taliban versus a Populist Taliban.”

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