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Adriaan Basson | Lessons from Zuma and Trump for Ace Magashule's corruption trial

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Supporters of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule outside the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Friday.
Supporters of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule outside the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Friday.
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The Zuma and Trump eras have taught us that when a lie is repeated enough, it becomes a fact in the mind of the electorate. We shouldn't let this happen again, writes Adriaan Basson.

After the conviction and sentencing of his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik in 2005, former president Jacob Zuma used his own trial as a political platform to campaign for his successful 2007 ANC election victory in Polokwane.

Anybody who followed the Shaik trial knew Zuma was deeply and thoroughly implicated in corruption. There was no doubt about the facts, as laid out by the late Judge Hilary Squires in his meticulous judgment that withstood scrutiny from the Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court.

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