On Thursday night, news trickled through that President Jacob Zuma was going to appeal the verdict in the Zuma Spy Tapes case. He'd decided that he was not at this stage going to allow the DA access to the tapes, and thus the official papers had been lodged saying he would appeal.
In a case that has been running for as long as this one, this was not unexpected, and isn't really a big move. We're used to Zuma appealing everything. But so much lies within this decision, that it is in fact hugely significant. In its own way, it's a major turning point.
The Zuma Spy Tapes saga has now gone for so long, that it has, if you believe everything you read, spawned its own wikipedia page. So we'll go for the tweet-length version here. As far as possible, at any rate.
In 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority said it was withdrawing corruption charges against Zuma, because it now had proof that he was the victim of a political conspiracy. That proof, it said, was contained in a series of recordings between Bulelani Ngucka (who was a previous head of the NPA) and the then...