South Africa: A Whiplash Kinda Day and Other Zuma-Related Injuries

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President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ministers and their deputies attend Cabinet committee meetings in Cape Town on February 7.

Sometimes, during political conferences, time seems to flash past, with events just dotting here and there. The only time this has been matched in recent political history is during the recall of Thabo Mbeki, when speech followed judgment, preceded meeting and led to decision. We are living through such a time, when political events don't splutter and ebb, but shake and gust.

NB: The South African presidential transition is a continuously unfolding story. See Daily Maverick homepage for the latest developments and analysis.

"Brrrrt". The cat. Always hungry. Spock, bearing the scar that marks a near-death experience at the hands of a dog over the Christmas holidays, was jumping higher than a mammal has a right to jump. It was breakfast time. Past it, in fact. There was the usual scolding as the dogs got fed first, and the "how dare you start the coffee before feeding me" look. With him wolfing down his food, it was time to check Twitter, WhatsApp having already been looked at in bed even before the glasses went on.

Okay, nothing huge here, but obviously the NEC meeting is still on for Wednesday. It's going to be massive. My gut, so...

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