Jacob Zuma effortlessly took SA back in time this week, as he presented his version of events to the Zondo commission into state capture. It was like he had never left, as that strange atmosphere of oblivious deceit that he produces once again enveloped the country. 

There is much that grates about Zuma but, of it all, it is likely the confidence that most riles. He seems immune to embarrassment or contrition. Even his own testimony, a stuttering, ignorant display of ineptitude and misdirection on a grand scale, one that evoked a decade of miserable memories, didn’t rankle in the slightest. He delivered it all oozing the kind of self-belief only a fool or a sociopath is capable of.

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