Best of Opinions: The rise and fall of Jacob Zuma

2017-06-23 15:53
President Jacob Zuma. (Pic: Karen Bleier, AFP)

President Jacob Zuma. (Pic: Karen Bleier, AFP)

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It was Zuma v Maimane, but the don escaped again

It had the potential to be one of the most explosive question sessions President Zuma has faced to date, but the 'teflon don' proved yet again he will not be beaten before his time.

A mass Cabinet reshuffle, three economic downgrades, damning leaks of private Gupta emails, and the Constitutional Court's ruling on a secret no confidence vote all simmered beneath the surface of Thursday's question session to Zuma, his only one this term, writes Paul Herman.

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The rise and fall of Zuma the Invincible

It is almost a forgone conclusion that should his ANC faction lose in the December conference, he will be recalled. But should his faction win, which is highly likely because theirs is a matter of victory or jail, the ANC faces possible defeat in the 2019 elections. The investigation into treason and corruption charges arising out of the #GuptaLeaks and other related evidence will be the killer punch after he has left office.

Whatever the political and legal processes that will unfold in the next few weeks or months or years, and regardless of whether Zuma finishes his term of office or escapes to Dubai, he will leave behind a disgraceful legacy, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

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SCA ruling in Van Breda case is a victory for the public

The judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) regarding the filming of Henri van Breda’s criminal trial is a significant one.

The judgment adds to a body of law developed over the past few years that promotes the principal of open justice and finally closes the door on the blanket exclusion of cameras in court.

In a unanimous judgment the court said that the media’s role in accurately and fairly reporting on court proceedings make an “invaluable contribution to public confidence in the judiciary and thus, to the rule of law itself”.

What this judgment means is that televised court proceedings are not only an inescapable reality, but also one that is constitutionally ordained. Previous court judgments that said otherwise must “yield to a new reality”, the court said.

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