Jacob Zuma: dead president walking
Zuma’s entanglements with the law are so many and so complicated that he is set to face an onslaught from all fronts, without the cover of the party
First published on December 21, 2017.
Former ANC president Jacob Zuma took a deep breath and clenched his fists as Cyril Ramaphosa’s name was read out as the new leader of the party. On stage Ramaphosa was wiping away tears. Zuma pursed his lips. He tried to smile but could only muster a smirk before his mouth pursed again. He shifted in his chair, unable to hide his disappointment even though there was a sea of reporters on the floor in front of him. He badly wanted her in the post. Had she won, he in all probability would have been asked to step down. Her national caucus had decided last month to ask him to make way for Dlamini-Zuma before the ANC’s January 8 anniversary statement, so that she could "prove her worth" before the 2019 general election. And they would have protected his "legacy". But she did not win. Zuma is now a dead man walking. Ramaphosa must remove him from his post to restore the integrity of the party and government, the cornerstone of his campaign. Zuma’s entanglements with the law are so many an...