Natasha Marrian Financial Mail deputy editor & columnist

Ahead of his February recall, former president Jacob Zuma wanted desperately to stay in power for three more months. He claimed at the time that he wanted to remain president to introduce newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to "international bodies" such as the AU, the UN and the Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA (Brics) bloc of countries. This was a fanciful tale at the time and was largely and rightfully dismissed. There was, and is, a reason for Zuma’s continued fight for relevance. It is rather simple: the upcoming inquiries and investigations into state capture and corruption would likely lead to him, his family and his top loyalists being held to account.Managing the consequences of the looting of the state was the main reason for his resistance to leaving office, which in the end came rather suddenly for him. Victimhood and threats to the ANC were his defence in the past, and they are still his fallback position. The state capture inquiry, the parliamentary inquiry ...

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