The saying that the wheels of justice grind slowly has seldom been more true than in the case of Jacob Zuma; the announcement that he will finally have to answer corruption charges in court comes after almost 10 years of legal wrangling. However, the former president will in all likelihood try to delay this even further. It has been nine years since Zuma had the corruption charges against him dropped, and he probably thought he was out of the woods. National director of public prosecutions Shaun Abrahams, making his announcement last Friday, referred to the "long, litigious and unending" history of the case that has passed through the hands of all National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) heads and acting heads in one way or another. But the matter will probably drag on even further if Zuma takes Abrahams’s decision on review, as has been indicated by his lawyer, Michael Hulley. It will be a long time before the former president appears in the dock, but in the interim the political intri...

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