Seeds: Corrupt practices and instability have been reoccurring themes in South African politics for the last 70 years. With Apartheid having ended only 22 years ago, the country is still in a volatile state.
Core: President Zuma became president in 2009, and has faced many political scandals. One of the most famous involves his use of government money to fund extravagant renovations on his private residence, including building and amphitheater and swimming pool. The protests are constant, people demanding everything from better access to food and water, to housing and education.
Skin: The most recent protests in the city of Pretoria have escalated to violence. The protesters are calling for President Zuma to step down before the end of his term in 2019 because an official report stated that one of the richest families in the country influenced cabinet appointments. The protesters were throwing rocks at police who returned with tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets.
Leaves: If protests continue, and more evidence of corruption is found, it is possible he could be impeached. However, his party holds the majority in the house of assembly, so even if he were impeached it is possible that the vote would not stand.
Food For Thought: What do you think of what’s happening in South Africa? Do you think there is anything other countries should or can do?
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*Quotation in bio is from bbc.com