Look, perhaps it’s just best to appreciate that, in life, you can’t have it all. Not ever. Watching former president Jacob Zuma bring the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture closer to collapse than it has ever been on Wednesday was an object lesson in the need for constant humility.

Without so much as uttering a word, Zuma had deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo grasping for time. First one delay. Then a second. Then a third. What is Zondo afraid of? Why can his obviously accomplished legal mind not swat plodding old JZ away?..

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