5 May 2014

South Africa: Zuma - a Dream of the Morning After the Day After Tomorrow


In Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, Scrooge's entire approach to life changes with the visit of a ghost. Was Jacob Zuma similarly visited while in Nkandla such that he has chosen to embrace a new approach to governance in order to establish his legacy? J. BROOKS SPECTOR has uncovered a confidential memorandum that sets out a near-revolutionary approach the president is planning for his second administration.

There is the famous final line in the film, The Candidate, a classic American political drama, where newly-successful US Senate candidate Bill McKay (played by Robert Redford) is told by his aide that now that all the votes have been counted, in an major political upset, McKay has actually won his election. And McKay, in the very last line of the film, replies to his aide, "What do we do now?" That same question must surely be preoccupying the inner circle around Jacob Zuma, given the fact that, absent an unexpected, divine thunderbolt, he will inevitably be his victorious party's selection for chief executive, once the country's parliament votes formally to elect the country's new president.

Fortuitously, The Daily Maverick has received a copy of a presidential decision memorandum that has been prepared for just...

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