To be a lawyer in SA! The legal profession is one of the very few industries that will miss Jacob Zuma’s presidency. No lawyer worthy of that title can legitimately accuse the native of Nkandla of having done nothing to create jobs in their profession. The legal profession is still enjoying the boom times emanating from Zuma’s disastrous, corruption-riddled government career. Starting way back in the late 1990s when he was in the provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma became the gift that kept on giving to lawyers. The longest running criminal case that I’m aware of — other than Dave King’s 13-year battle with the SA Revenue Service — is Zuma’s corruption and racketeering case, which started with Schabir Shaik’s arrest in 2001. The case is far from over, as Zuma is yet to have his day in court on the matters for which Shaik was convicted in May 2005. The one constant in the intervening 17 years has been armies of lawyers. The R17m that SA taxpayers have paid for Zuma’s legal f...

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