Removing President Jacob Zuma was never going to be easy. Power has become like oxygen to him; the look on his face when Cyril Ramaphosa was announced as party president at the ANC conference in Nasrec spoke volumes. It was an expression of disbelief and anger. One only has to look at Zuma’s track record over the past decade and a half to understand the phrase in Ramaphosa’s statement on Wednesday: "This is a challenging time for our country." Indeed it is. Zuma has not acknowledged his wrongdoing, nor will he, which is why he told the ANC’s national officials on Sunday that he felt he had done nothing to warrant his removal from office prematurely. His posture and attitude towards the many crises wrought by his presidency indicates that his removal cannot be rushed, sealed and delivered without following the arduous route Ramaphosa has chosen. His reaction to the Nkandla scandal swivelled from "I paid for my own house" to "I did not ask for it" — referring to the estimated R246m up...

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