South Africa has changed since Jacob Zuma's 2006 rape trial. In recent years, a new and assertive feminist movement has emerged and attacks on the president have become common cause.
Unless parliament passes a motion of no confidence in him, which is not on the cards any time soon, Zuma's future depends on whether he's weakened in the African National Congress, not parliament.
South Africa's newest trade union federation, Saftu, comes at a time of declining political influence by unions, compared to during the struggle against apartheid. They are also seen as elitist.
The name of ANC struggle hero Chris Hani, who was assassinated in 1993, is regularly invoked to win political arguments in South Africa.
There are early signs of the emergence of a third force for good in South Africa in the likes of the Save SA movement and Socio-Economic Future of South Africa convened by the Archbishop of Cape Town.
South Africa's problem is that its constitution is a perfect brochure of the nation it aspires to be. But the contractors entrusted with its future have an entirely different project in mind.
Pundits will closely watch President Jacob Zuma's January 8 statement to see what he and the governing ANC consider to be priorities for the country in 2016.
President Jacob Zuma's era has been characterised by a high turnover, not only of cabinet members, but also senior public officials and executives in state-owned enterprises.