2009-01-19 00:00

FORMER president Thabo Mbeki reportedly feels vindicated by the recent overturning of Judge Chris Nicholson’s judgment in the matter of corruption charges faced by Jacob Zuma. But it is hard to see why.

The Supreme Court of Appeal found that Nicholson’s statement that Zuma might have reason to believe in political conspiracy was inappropriate for a judge and insufficiently supported by the evidence. It was a legal finding, not a pronouncement on historical truth.

For this to be established, other processes have to be put in motion. An independent commission of inquiry into the arms deal would be a good place to start. The jury is still out on whether Nicholson was misguided about Mbeki’s past role.

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