Zuma: full of surprises

Since coming to power, Zuma has consistently countered expectations: he has defended his personal promiscuity while becoming an avowed AIDS activist; he is a populist who has maintained free-market economic policies and alienated the poor; he is a powerful leader in a dominant party who has a hard time taking action.

I belatedly got around to this New Yorker profile of Jacob Zuma—a profile which, in spite of (or because of) my ignorance of South Africa, I found rather good.

Zuma’s example shows, once again, that Presidential personalities are hard to predict, not least in South Africa.