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The Race to Lead South Africa Is On

• The ANC chooses its presidential candidate in December

• “Investors will look for more market-friendly credentials”

Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s embattled president, still has two years left in his term, but for most business leaders, labor unionists, and even some of his own party’s most venerated leaders, he can’t go soon enough. The campaign to succeed him is already in full swing.

The contest will likely be decided in December, when the ruling African National Congress meets to choose a new leader, who’ll also be the party’s candidate in 2019 elections. The front-runners are Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former chairwoman of the African Union Commission.

While Zuma is constitutionally barred from serving a third term, he has a vested interest in the succession race: He

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