It’s been a difficult week for heads of state who have held office for nine years and been accused of corruption. South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Thursday, and his tenure was dogged with corruption allegations, criminal investigations, and accusations of sexual assault. Earlier this week, Zuma’s own political party, the ANC, officially called for his resignation, threatening a parliamentary vote to oust him.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also been in power for nine years and faced allegations of corruption. On Tuesday, Israeli police announced their investigations revealed sufficient evidence to indict Netanyahu on criminal charges of bribery and fraud. Called the “Teflon Prime Minister” by friends and foes, Netanyahu has also beaten back attempts to have him removed from office.
To discuss the plights of both leaders, we have Ilanit Chernick, reporter for the Jerusalem Post and former reporter for the Johannesburg Star.