Over the course of his time in the Presidency Jacob Zuma has been subject to an inordinate number of formal, ethical complaints. Some of these have involved chapter nine institutions, such as the Public Protector, a few concerned civil litigation (defamation cases, often brought by Zuma), but the bulk involve legal challenges to decisions he has made, or criminal complaints regarding his conduct. He has fared extremely badly, too. His record in court is dire. The result is a litany of damning jurisprudence and legal opinion about him — and that is just with regards to his own, personal record. Include cases the government or the ANC has lost and the pile of adverse findings becomes mountainous.In short, viewed exclusively through the eyes of the courts and those institutions designed to safeguard the rule of law, Zuma has performed miserably. The most recent of these was handed down by a full bench of the Pretoria High Court, last week. Delivering the judgment, Judge President of th...

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