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.
Now that South Africa no longer ascribes to a nuclear energy future, it is legitimate to consider what to do with its nuclear research facility.
South Africans may well be seduced by the prospect of Zuma appearing at the Zondo commission, but he was not alone in driving the state capture project.
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.
Ramaphosa offered five simple yet bold goals for the next ten years that cut across the social and economic structural constraints that inhibit South Africa’s potential.
It's easy to report on access and inputs, but much more difficult to achieve educational quality and meaningful outcomes.
After recent elections, South Africa are grappling with what the reasons are for the declining trend in youth participation in the 2019 elections.
The Cabinet signals to the Zuma faction that the Ramaphosa group believes their star is waning and that they are not strong enough to turn the tide.
Those in charge in South Africa following its recent election should focus on improving governance and weeding out corruption.
The election will not change the government, but may change the balance of power between the two factions of the governing ANC, led by Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma.
The black middle class are angry at their exclusion from mainstream economic activity.
Nelson Mandela's dream of a great rainbow nation has been badly but not fatally undermined by corruption, violence and inequality.
Political books touches a certain chord in South African society that makes them bestsellers.
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.
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.