It is still the Christmas season — a time for reflection and contemplation, as well as for relaxation and for reunions and communications with family and friends. At such a time as this one tries if one can to steer clear of political concerns, but at the moment it is particularly difficult to do this. A big political event has taken place very recently. It isn’t easy to slip back into normality, even the normality of contemplation and relaxation. What will Zuma be like as a leader? Then there remains the doubt about whether he is about to be charged with corruption: it must be almost unheard of that a newly elected leader of a political party finds himself faced immediately with the strong possibility of an indictment.