Good sense and inspirational leadership

2008-07-19 00:00

After 14 years of African National Congress government, South Africa faces a grave political crisis. Unless defused through good sense and inspirational leadership, it will trigger a collapse of constitutional rule and eventually condemn the country to the despotism that has been the fate of much of Africa.

Enough has become public, firstly in the trial of Zuma’s financial adviser Schabir Shaik and then through the filings of the National Prosecuting Authority and Zuma’s own legal team, to convince a disinterested observer that Zuma has a case to answer. On the other hand, in rebuttal of the Zuma camp’s fulminations, there is no credible evidence that courts are — not yet, in any case — political tools.

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