Sparks sounds a warning

2008-02-06 00:00

A period of political uncertainty awaits the country in the next seven to 15 months.

This was the warning given yesterday by Allister Sparks, one of the country’s leading political commentators.

Sparks was presenting his talk: "South Africa’s Transition" at the Victoria Country Club in Pietermaritzburg. He was the host of the South African Institute of International Affairs.

Sparks was referring to the period from when Jacob Zuma is expected to appear in court and the next general elections.

He said the real threat lies in attempts by some Zuma allies to prevent their man from going to court. Sparks warned that these attempts could put pressure on and undermine the country’s democratic institutions.

"It is unthinkable that Zuma should become president without these charges being tested."

Another cause of uncertainty is that the Zuma camp seems to lack a clear policy direction.

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