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There was an outstanding picture circulated on Twitter and other social media platforms last week. It is a picture of Jacob Zuma, the former president of our fine republic (it is a fine republic if you temporarily forget the load-shedding during a weekend when the world’s stars were in Joburg to honour Nelson Mandela). The picture is shot from the side. Zuma’s hands are on his knees and he is sitting, head and upper body forward, alone. He was in the dock at his appearance in court last week on 16 charges that include fraud‚ corruption and racketeering. Zuma felt unwell during his appearance last week. He had some water. His lawyer said he had low blood pressure and he was given a sugary soft drink. He didn’t greet his supporters when he went into court as he felt too unwell to even say hello. That picture, depicting Zuma in his vulnerability and ignominy, evoked memories of Zuma 15 years ago. By 2003 rumours of the payments he had received were circulating. Investigators were sniff...

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