Monday, August 17, 2009

Zuma marks 100 days as president

Mr Zuma visited poor communities during tense protests
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is marking his first 100 days in office.

Since Mr Zuma was inaugurated the country has slipped into recession and there have been nationwide strikes over pay and protests over services.

Opposition parties have criticised Mr Zuma for a lack of leadership and a failure to tackle rampant crime rates.

But analysts are giving him cautious approval, and officials say he needs more time to deal properly with the complex problems South Africa faces.

Mr Zuma's party, the African National Congress (ANC), won its fourth consecutive landslide election victory in April.

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