Former president Jacob Zuma was never going to remain the all-powerful and omnipresent political figure that he thought, writes Pieter du Toit.
A teacher-in-training at a school in Orania - a whites-only town in the Northern Cape - stands accused of statutory rape after allegedly having sex with a minor.
On Tuesday Peter Marais, the Freedom Front Plus's candidate for the premiership of the Western Cape, said he will fight for "self-determination" for minority groups. His comments seem to be in line with increased chatter about the merits of a volkstaat.
'In healthy democracies, leaders stand down to accept responsibility for political voids, even when there was no wrongdoing or corruption," Orania says in a statement.
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