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Jacob Zuma

Our regular Zuma Stalingrad update

Former president Jacob Zuma is meant to be facing charges related to the arms deal at the Pietermaritzburg High Court. But being Zuma, he’s managed to throw up two obstacles to proceedings actually getting underway. The first, in May, involved questioning state prosecutor Billy Downer’s impartiality.  The second emerged on Tuesday. Zuma was meant to …

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The big story: Ramaphosa’s testifies to Zondo

The big story this week is President Ramaphosa returning to the State Capture Commission following his first appearance in April. Then, he was testifying in his capacity as President of the ANC, and he was criticised for being terribly vague. Ramaphosa’s second appearance, in his capacity as President of the country, was hotly anticipated.  His …

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12 August ’21 Wrap: A strong centre in Cyril’s new cabinet

Spring is coming and almost 10% of adults have been fully vaccinated in South Africa! Plus we were warmed by images of more than 100 South African firefighters arriving at Winnipeg’s international airport to help Canada fight its raging wildfires. They held the flag high and sang as they arrived. If only all news could …

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The big story: How did we get here?

When former president Jacob Zuma arrived at the Estcourt Correctional Centre last Thursday, few people believed the story was over. Fewer still (apparently including our intelligence services; more on that shortly) imagined what was to come. Zuma’s supporters were aggrieved at his incarceration. Protests escalated fast in KwaZulu-Natal. Roads were blocked, trucks were set alight, …

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