Good news is hard to come by in SA these days, but last week the DA delivered a large dose of the stuff. After nine years, and at great cost, the party triumphed in court, as the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) dismissed President Jacob Zuma’s leave to appeal against the Gauteng High Court judgment on the potential corruption charges he has now evaded for a decade. In the end, after countless judgments and trials within a trial, it all boiled down to little more than a moment of meek capitulation, as Zuma’s advocate, Kemp J Kemp, casually admitted before the SCA in September that the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) decision to drop the charges was indeed irrational. And that was that. The subsequent reasoning by Justice Eric Leach was only ever going to agree. But he took time out to berate Zuma’s legal team for a challenge he deemed irrational. That has been the case from the get go. Zuma’s entire defence, just like that of the NPA itself, has been a decade-long farce. That...

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