The refrain that former president Jacob Zuma is being politically persecuted through the charges he now faces no longer holds water. This is evident in the stark admission he made before the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2017, by agreeing that the decision by then chief prosecutor Mokotedi Mpshe to drop the charges against him was irrational and unlawful. This is an inconvenient truth for Zuma now — his supporters continue beating the "politically motivated charges" drum as they prepare to defy the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) to back him at the court. While Zuma is a spent force, his mobilisation of support for his legal woes continues to pose a risk for the ANC and the image of a renewed, united party it seeks to project. He is our Lula, who on Thursday lost a bid before the Brazilian Supreme Court to remain free while appealing against corruption and money-laundering charges. For Lula and Zuma the moment of reckoning has arrived. The latter should take heed — a warrant f...

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