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BEST OF OPINIONS: Could the end of Zuptastan be near?

2017-06-01 17:26
The Guptas are Zuma’s family friends and business partners of his son Duduzane. (GCIS)

The Guptas are Zuma’s family friends and business partners of his son Duduzane. (GCIS)

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The final days of Zuptastan

“You don’t want to see the real Jacob Zuma” the president of our constitutional democracy reportedly said towards the end of his 90-minute tirade, during which he accused NEC members who called for him to step down of colluding with “Western forces” and threatened them not to “push me too far”.

As these threats of internal revolt mount and more evidence about the extent of Zuptastan is released, Zuma will fight back harder and unleash “the real Jacob Zuma” on South Africa and the ANC.

If his opponents are serious about “capturing” the ANC back from Zuma and the Guptas, they will need to be battle fit. Of one thing I’m certain: Zuma is not going down alone, writes Adriaan Basson.

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How ANC presidential elections trump SA’s Constitution

If Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (the president’s former wife and favoured candidate) is elected party president at the next party congress in December 2017, it’s possible that Jacob Zuma may ostensibly bow to popular pressure and resign as state president. This would enable the ANC majority in the Assembly to elect her as state president.

Alternatively, Zuma may opt to remain as state president, allowing his former wife to mobilise support for the ANC around the country prior to the 2019 general election. Even if Zuma does stand down, allowing the two offices to be combined, we may assume that he will continue to be the power behind the throne, and that Dlamini-Zuma will be kept on a tight leash – at least until the election, writes Roger Southall.

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Today I am sad for South Africa

I have been angry, I have been scared, but today I just feel sad. I am sad for all of these women and their friends and family.

I am sad for the women who can’t escape their abusive partners. I am sad for you, reading this, that you have probably feared rape at some point in your life, writes Anja van der Spuy.

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