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Jacob Zuma: People's president or corrupt demigod?

Durban, South Africa - Jacob Zuma has fallen. After the protests, the multiple allegations of racketeering, corruption and mismanagement of state resources, South Africa's president has finally resigned.



To many, the end of the Zuma era comes as a relief.

Under Zuma, South Africa suffered its lowest point in post-apartheid history when 34 miners were shot down at Marikana in August 2012.

Persistent economic woes and high unemployment resulted in a rise in anti-government demonstrations known as "service delivery" protests. Meanwhile, a continuous stream of corruption allegations pitted against Zuma damaged South Africa's image.

How Zuma, whose presidency started in 2009, will be remembered is however not altogether straightforward.

Not all South Africans are in agreement they are better off without him. For this part of the population, Zuma was the "people's president" - charming, affable and relatable.

Al Jazeera spoke to South Africans in the eastern port city of Durban and asked how they would remember their enigmatic former president.



SOURCE:aljazeera

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