If you’re alarmed at the prospect of former president Jacob Zuma joining a new political party ahead of the coming elections, calm down. Zuma was great in the wake of an aloof and distant Thabo Mbeki, but without a well-oiled political machine behind him he is a distracted and disorganised mess. 

The crowd awaiting him in a small stadium in Gauteng the other day was so small he didn’t pitch. Obviously he has pulled bigger gatherings in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga since announcing last month that he was going to campaign for a new party named after the ANC’s former armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), but I can’t see him following through. ..

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