Economist Dawie Roodt said tough times lay ahead and the poor quality of government was to blame.
“It will be a positive surprise for us this week if Zuma gets voted out. The rand will roar and there will be a chance of recovery for the economy. The week ahead will tell us a lot. Zuma has played his last card and his head is on the block now.”
South Africa would be downgraded, Roodt said, but it wouldn’t be “the end of the world”. Ratings agency Moody’s is to release a scheduled review on Friday.
He said South Africans shouldn’t panic. “We have a set of rules and a constitution to protect us. If Zuma isn’t voted out, we will just have to deal with two more years of incompetence before we can find our feet again. Eventually, we will get rid of him,” said Roodt.