Secrecy over who funds political parties should trigger fears that government decisions will reflect the wishes of large donors.
By positioning himself as a loveable granddad to supporters and the punchline of a joke to his opposition, Zuma adroitly defangs the very serious charges against him.
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.
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.
Much deeper social forces underlie the struggles within the governing ANC and society over the shape of the economy.
Concern at the role of fake sites in influencing South African public opinion has been growing over time.
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.
South Africa needs a policy that drives growth and positions if for the 21st Century.
Moyane's axing ends one of the last vestiges of Zuma's continued influence in the country's governance.
South African voters are worried about how their country is being run. Most still support the ANC but in far fewer numbers.
The ANC has lost so much support among its traditional voters it's now forced to look beyond them to retain power.
South Africans have a right to know why the lapses at Sunday Times occurred and why those that spoke up against them were silenced.
Nhlanhla Nene was highly regarded for refusing to fund former President Zuma's ludicrous rent-seeking projects.
Justice Zondo needs to get under the skin of the politics of state capture in South Africa, to get on record what happened, and why.
The state capture inquiry will look at why former president Jacob Zuma pursued a dodgy nuclear deal.
An effective, accountable National Prosecutions Authority needs at least two things: structural independence and competent personnel with expertise and integrity.