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Friday, March 07, 2008

Walking the Line
President-elect Jacob Zuma is quickly working out how difficult his tenure may be. At present, he is walking a very fine line between his various and beholden 'partners', particularly with respect to business and labour. If there's one this Zuma knows, it's that he cannot vastly alter the current macroeconomic principles laid down in the past decade, but he also realises that he has to make placatory noises to the far left.

He's already been slapped down once by Cosatu, just last week, but he's now in danger of running foul of them again in comments yesterday with business leaders as well as comments calling for the need for debate around affirmative action.

Zuma needs to work out who he is very quickly, both for himself, and for the country.