I write to you from the year 2025 and from one of South Africa's possible futures. I must stress that it is an unlikely future, one which is premised on President Jacob Zuma and his cronies defeating the constitutional state and turning South Africa into an autocracy. But it is, I'm afraid, quite possible. Here goes: The events depicted below appear to have followed one another at breakneck speed. This is the illusion that results from recapping nine years of turbulence in one feature-length article.In reality, it all seemed to happen painfully slowly, as if we were living through a daydream. There were advances and reverses for the Zuma faction and its triumph over the constitutional order was always contested.It has been six years since the 2019 election, now sombrely referred to as “the last democratic election”, although there are many who believe it was rigged from start to finish.To get to grips with these last tumultuous years, we need to go back to the end of 2017, when the ...

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