The unfolding misfortunes of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe hold key lessons for his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma who faces the possibility of a forced exit.
South Africa's five-year-old National Development Plan suffers from gross misinterpretation by different parties.
South Africa's intelligence services operate secretly and with minimal oversight. So citizens will probably never know exactly what they are up to.
Instead of ignoring his accusers, South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa entertained them, tried to silence them through court, and then revealed a long-past affair of little interest.
It would be no surprise if Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's claims of the state spying on him turn out to be true. After all, state spy agencies have been abused before in ANC factional battles.
South Africa's governing ANC appears to have lost claim to being a leader of society. This is clear from the outcome of its policy conference.