Analysis

South Africa: Economic Slowdown To Stir Social Unrest
South African president Jacob Zuma salutes as air force jets fly over during the opening of parliament ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa on February 9. (NIC BOTHMA/AFP/Getty Images)
February 10, 2012
| Economics
| Africa
Summary
Social unrest is likely to return to South Africa this year as economic growth drops off dramatically and the 24 percent of adults who are unemployed become increasingly frustrated.South Africa was once seen as a model of economic development and democracy in Africa. But it is now infected with corruption, and the African National Congress, the political party that has held a majority in the parliament since the first elections in 1994, is tied up with various scandals among its members and unable to focus on passing pro-growth policies.
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