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Former president Jacob Zuma always folds at the last minute. This time, his concession might only come after he is arrested for failing to abide by the Constitutional Court order to appear before judge Raymond Zondo’s state capture inquiry; but come it will, especially in view of the tepid support his defiance has attracted.

Zuma’s strategy is not legal but political. Unfortunately for him, his political capital is utterly spent. No-one should be fooled by the dull tea party he held with his former nemesis and one-time protégé, Julius Malema. His support is limited to miscreants within the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association such as its dodgy spokesperson Carl Niehaus. Niehaus’s other hat is as leader of the strange formation called Gauteng Radical Economic Transformation, a support group for a failed faction...

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