Faced with the same problem, South Africa is turning to the familiar toolkit to explain a recurrent problem.
By positioning himself as a loveable granddad to supporters and the punchline of a joke to his opposition, Zuma adroitly defangs the very serious charges against him.
The April 1994 election proved to be a watershed for South Africa.
It's easy to report on access and inputs, but much more difficult to achieve educational quality and meaningful outcomes.
The Cabinet signals to the Zuma faction that the Ramaphosa group believes their star is waning and that they are not strong enough to turn the tide.
Much deeper social forces underlie the struggles within the governing ANC and society over the shape of the economy.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has to show that he's a decisive leader who can take unpopular decisions.
Apartheid has been removed from the statute books for almost three decades. But a de facto apartheid endures both economically and socially.
ANC renewal and the war on corruption is one thing. But transforming the character of the South African political economy is quite another.
Mandela’s reconciliation message may have partly reflected his view of the world. But it was also a product of his party, the ANC.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's political power stemmed from the visceral connection that she was able to make between the lives of the oppressed black people, and her own.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma’s proposed prosecution is a welcome reaffirmation of the principle that all are equal before the law.
What makes a successful presidential performance and does South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa stack up?
South Africa's governing party, the African National Congress, poses a danger to democracy by continuiing to blur the lines between the state and the party.
The obituary of the Zuma administration can be summed up with its ethos: grab as much and as fast as you can.
Jacob Zuma was removed by the people's effect, which connected the dots of corruption, a mismanaged state and rapacious capitalism.
South Africa has successfully defended its constitutional democracy. But the harsh reality is that the country still faces development challenges.
The speech was delivered with panache and confidence. It had style, declaring to the nation and the world that he, Cyril Ramaphosa, was in charge.
Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki sought to use South Africa's diplomatic service to enable the country to punch above its weight.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has resigned, paving the way for major changes in the country.