09/27/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Newsweek : How Nelson Mandela's Legacy Hurts South Africa

A president's first-hundred-days milestone isn't as breathlessly awaited in other countries as it is in America. And so South African President Jacob Zuma�"the dancing populist who provoked so much fear and loathing before his inauguration in May�"was scheduled to spend Aug. 15 prosaically, without any intentional symbolism booked into his diary. He was to hold a winter rally in a sleepy Bloemfontein suburb and to meet with some Afrikaner businessmen in the city hall downtown. But Zuma's pedestrian hundredth day actually made a perfect tableau of his presidency thus far, an emblem in miniature of why his popularity has soared since his inauguration without really being deserved.

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