This column is free to read for today. To read opinion, analysis, commentary and breaking news like this everyday, subscribe to BusinessLIVE   SA is learning a hard lesson. It is testing the bounds in a variety of ways on how to rid itself of a leader taking it down a path of destruction. The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) predictably did not remove President Jacob Zuma - it was a long shot and those who called for it knew it. But every time an NEC is held in which Zuma is challenged, his power is tested. The limits of his power were unknown before Nhlanhla Nene's removal as finance minister in December 2015. Since then, every test Zuma has faced and every challenge made to his authority has shown the slow but steady erosion of that power. There remains a danger, though, in his continued languishing in the Union Buildings - this is the man who in the space of four days appointed two finance ministers, wiping about R90bn from government pension funds within 48 hours. The AN...

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