On a Sunday afternoon in the middle of SA’s Covid-19 lockdown, former president Jacob Zuma’s foundation made an announcement that signalled the end of his 15-year legal campaign to quash the state’s corruption prosecution against him.

In a one-page statement, the Jacob G Zuma Foundation announced that Zuma had fired his attorney Daniel Mantsha, a key driver in his now-abandoned battle for a permanent stay of prosecution. He has been replaced by lawyer Eric Mabuza, whose previous clients include former SA Revenue Service commissioner Tom Moyane and former Old Mutual CEO Peter Moyo.

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