The former president is in a corner and largely isolated. His only option is to stir the pot so much that it gives him some kind of bargaining power.
The Constitutional Court described Zuma’s lack of cooperation with the commission as “reprehensible”.
The first of a series of fatal flaws in the idea is about where to draw the line.
In this case, the appropriate conclusion about the Constitutional Court’s finding against the Public Protector is that there’s much to be comforted by.
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.
Ramaphosa couldn’t appoint people with a cloud over their heads, especially given his stated commitment to a clean and effective government.
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.
After doing nothing for a long time to bring the Gupta family to book in South Africa, the country’s prosecuting authority has finally started to act.
The public protector’s proposal to change the mandate of South Africa’s Reserve Bank goes well beyond changing individual rules to overturning their very foundation, anchored in the Constitution.
Far from the limelight, South Africa’s public protector has been instrumental in assisting individuals who grapple with unfair treatment from government departments and other public institutions.
The former public protector’s report has stirred national consciousness. Jacob Zuma is swimming against the tide. Is he sinking, or might he still pull the trick of a proverbial cat with nine lives?
South African President Jacob Zuma’s days of spinning out court cases indefinitely and at taxpayers’ expense may soon come to an end – possibly his worst news in a week of bad news.
South Africa’s parastatals are in a dire state. Instead of being the mandated sites of development and profitability, they are costing the public purse billions and have been abused.
The public protector needs to be “fit and proper”. That means he or she must be honest, reliable and have integrity.These qualities cannot be assessed through an interview and background checks only.
There were high hopes that the SABC would become a true public broadcaster after the end of apartheid when it was used ruthlessly as a propaganda machine. But those hopes have since been dashed.
In many ways the office of the Public Protector has become the barometer of the state of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.
Jacob Zuma has backtracked on two major decisions in under two months – first after he fired his finance minister; now he says he’ll pay back public money spent on his lavish Nkandla homestead.
Tensions are probably inevitable in any constitutional democracy that empowers the courts to overrule the executive and legislature. But, judges are worried cabinet undermines the rule of law.