Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

4 August 2014

South Africa: From Here to Eternity - Aka President Zuma's Legal Strategy

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President Jacob Zuma delivers the State of the Nation Address (file photo).

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When President Jacob Zuma ascended to the Union Buildings, we knew that his presidency would be affected by the very tsunami that got him there. We knew that the way he took power from Thabo Mbeki, that the corruption charges he had faced and then suddenly didn't, would play a role in his presidency.

It is also common, in many democracies, for the way in which someone climbs to the top of the greasy pole to have an impact on their time in office.

There are debts to be paid, revenges to be enjoyed, and policy changes to be implemented. What makes Zuma different, is that his path to power is now more than influencing his presidency: it is defining it. By STEPHEN GROOTES.

On Friday, in a burst of emails from the Presidency, Mac Maharaj informed us that Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa was acting President, that several proclamations for the Special Investigating Unit had been signed, that the President was still "seized" with the Public Protector's Nkandla report, and that he was also considering suspending the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana. It was some of the usual Friday fare, a clearing of the inbox before the ...

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