South Africa: Gaslighter-in-Chief - Zuma vs Hanekom - a Lesson in Doublespeak

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The back and forth of affidavits between ANC NEC member Derek Hanekom and former President Jacob Zuma, from whom Hanekom is seeking R500,000 in damages for calling him an 'enemy agent', is a supreme example of political gaslighting in the age of Trump.

Gaslighting -- a form of psychological manipulation in which a person seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception and sanity -- Wikipedia.

Whichever KwaZulu-Natal High Court judge is saddled, on 23 August 2019, with determining whether an urgent application by former Cabinet minister Derek Hanekom, to sue Jacob Zuma for calling him an "enemy agent", will have to avoid the many decoys and distractions strewn along the path.

After an earlier struggle to serve Zuma with papers, the former president filed his answering affidavit with the court on Wednesday 21 August, in the nick of time. Hanekom is suing Zuma for a tweet posted on 29 July 2019 in which Zuma claimed Hanekom was "an enemy agent".

Zuma's affidavit opposing Hanekom's relief not only suggests that the entire matter is "best left to the African National Congress and how it...

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