South Africa: Zuma On Trial - Crucial That State Limits Its Communication With Judiciary, but Defence Must Not Nitpick

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Jacob Zuma's lawyer, Eric Mabuza, has objected to the prosecution communicating with the Judge President of KZN about Zuma's trial date without consulting the defence. Is this a case of overheated emotions at play?

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in 2017, in one of the cases of former president Jacob Zuma [Zuma v DA], and which notoriously and collectively are referred to as the "Spytapes cases", made reference of the Christian poem "Little Gidding" by TS Eliot, which in part reads as follows: "In the uncertain hour before the morning; Near the ending of interminable night; At the recurrent end of the unending... "

The poem is such an intriguing poetic tapestry which provides from a perspective of spirituality an emotional commentary on a tragic 20th century. Highlighted by Eliot are solutions that are merely political, economic, or cultural, empty ideologies, the vanity of human ambitions, and the violence at the heart of man.

The Court did not unpack the relevance of using the quote from "Little Gidding", which is about a small Anglican community in Huntingdonshire that experienced a troubled history during the English Civil War. Yet, there was something significant then, as there is now, concerning the...

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