President Jacob Zuma is rapidly running out of road. It has become clear in recent months that there is nothing new in his bag of tricks. He can only do what he has been doing — reshuffling, delaying and sidestepping court processes, creating paranoia and division through fake intelligence reports and thwarting investigations — until December. His sights of late have been trained on investigations into state capture. Rapport on Sunday reported that the Zuma faction in Parliament sought to halt all parliamentary inquiries into state capture at a caucus meeting last week. On Tuesday, during Zuma’s legal review of the state-capture report, he initially wanted former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report into the shenanigans of his Saxonwold crew to be sent back to the office of the public protector, now occupied by Busisiwe Mkhwebane. In a shock move on Wednesday, he backtracked from this during a review application. It is his third court concession in the past two years, his secon...

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