You won’t believe this but I was once invited to lunch at the presidential pad, Mahlamba Ndlopfu, by Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. It was soon after he was first elected president of the republic in 2009. I nearly fell off my chair when I got the invite. Me? After my criticism of the great Zuma? Maybe he was mellowing? I resolved to go. So I had a shower (twice), wore a dark suit and a suitably sombre and respectful tie. There were a few of us political commentators invited. Zuma was late. He was very, very late. We waited. And waited. The host arrived more than three hours late, giggled and told us he would revolutionise SA. Forget about all the other misdeeds he has been accused of, the reason Zuma is being pushed out by the ANC is his serial lateness. I remember him being six hours late for a June 16 rally. What could he have been doing?Under Zuma nothing started on time: rallies, ANC leadership meetings, cabinet meetings, media briefings — the man thinks the world revolves around h...

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