Last week was the fightback against state capture. This week we are likely to see the comeback against the fightback as President Jacob Zuma and those implicated by former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report take up the cudgels to defend themselves. There could be some indication of whether any of these people plan to contest the report in court. Eskom is considering its options and Zuma has insisted that he will not take the matter lying down. And while South Africans remain gripped in the struggle over the nature of their state, the eyes of the rest of the world will be focused on the US presidential election, which takes place on Tuesday. The outcome will have decisive consequences for US trade relations with Africa and its foreign policy in general. Top ANC leaders have already pronounced their continued support for Zuma in the wake of the release of the state capture report but the party’s position could be clarified by its national working committee meeting on Sunday and...

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