The dilemma for Zuma and his legal team is this: by putting him on the witness stand, there is a risk that he would be found wanting, especially in terms of the detail of any matter.
Trump and Zuma seek to sell explanations of their misfortunes to the socially insecure and economically vulnerable. To an alarming extent they succeed.
Politics is being reduced to personalities in South Africa. The real issue is whether the damage that's been done can be undone.
Jacob Zuma’s religious utterances present a conundrum for scholars, as many poor South African Christians support his moral claims and celebrated his ill-gotten riches.
After recent elections, South Africa are grappling with what the reasons are for the declining trend in youth participation in the 2019 elections.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has to ensure that reform of critical institutions is placed first. Everything else will be compromised if this fails.
Over the past few years, heads of department and chief financial officers in South Africa have been placed under enormous pressure by politicians to bend compliance rules.
The black middle class are angry at their exclusion from mainstream economic activity.
As South Africa marks 25 years of freedom, many citizens have to contend with the harsh reality that they can't eat democracy.
The current crisis in British politics is significant for countries like South Africa where a change in electoral systems is needed.
South African voters are more likely to vote for the African National Congress led by Cyril Ramaphosa than they were when Jacob Zuma led the party.
Much deeper social forces underlie the struggles within the governing ANC and society over the shape of the economy.
There's no easy way for Eskom to claw its way out of the crisis it's in.
South Africa's president has committed to structural reforms in the energy sector.
Corruption has, over the past decade and a half, become one of South Africans' biggest concerns.
Corruption in South Africa became increasingly organised under former President Jacob Zuma.
Countries that regulate political party funding do so to preserve their sovereignty and integrity of domestic politics.
The state capture inquiry is a remarkable political as well as legal event.
A great deal of analysis on South Africa and the ruling ANC seems to be based on wishful thinking, not concrete reality.
The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.