Africa News blog

African business, politics and lifestyle

How will Zuma’s resumed court battle affect South Africa?

August 4, 2008

Jacob Zuma, the embattled leader of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) launched a big fight for his political life on Aug. 4, asking the  Pietermaritzburg High Court to dismiss a graft case against him that could stop him becoming president next year. If his application is rejected, a full corruption trial could follow later this year and South Africa could head into a protracted period of tension and uncertainty. Read the following insights from leading analysts and have your say on how the legal process could affect South Africa:

gottschalk_resized1.jpegKeith Gottschalk, the University of the Western Cape (see full analysis)

“Jacob Zuma’s Zuma’s legal team has already proved, year after year that, if you have a bottomless pocket such as taxpayers, you can protract litigation, U.S.-style for the better part of a decade.”

taljaard_resized1.jpgRainette Taljaard, Helen Suzman Foundation (see full analysis)

“If the arms deal was the loss of innocence for South African’s ruling party, the Zuma trial will be the collateral damage to constitutional structures with long-term consequences.”

adenaan_resized1.JPGAdenaan Hardien, Cadiz (see full analysis)

“If anything is giving market participants sleepless nights, then it has to be what Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni and his Monetary Policy Committee will decide when they meet next week.”


One has to view the matter equally from both sides. One being tha Zuma and his supporters perspective is that this case being delayed for too long.

The flip side of the matter is that if he is not guilty and has nothing to hide, one asks, why is he bringing every possible application to avoid the case, the evidence and himself reaching court to be tried publicly and prove his innocence.

Yes for all intensive purposes he may be innocent, but one has to only wonder that if this is so, why is he trying so hard to avoid the actual trial.But that is for the courts to decide….


Deep inside you legalistic proof yet.. that the man indeed did get involved in seeking for a payout or “dividend of democracy” from the arms transaction.The galling part is the cynical scheme from his political foes to string this case along until Zuma becomes unelectable.The looming tragedy is that with his apparent popularity within the dominant ANC,no other person/winner would be a beneficiary without Zuma’s say so.Is chaos an adequate word?

Posted by murumbushi | Report as abusive

Zuma has charmed the crowds, given hope to the poor and light on a path to justice for all. But who is this man really? He slept with his good friends HIV positive daughter, i assume with out his consent and that it wasn’t rape. He has several wives and who knows how many kids adding up well in to double figures. He has no education, none! His last boss fired him. He hasn’t been that clever at covering his corruptions tracks, this could possibly a good sign if he wasn’t so good at getting law enforcement agencies investigating him dismantled. So what now? Where to now with a president with such low moral standards? Has the world gone mad? How can we vote with integrity for someone who has none?


Those who have glass houses should not throw stones. Mbeki is corrupt and incompetent. What Zuma does in his bedroom is his business and nobody elses, One can see a lot of political motives in his rape and corruption trials, show me any world leader that isn’t corrupt.

Posted by Nduka Tolefe | Report as abusive

Post Your Comment

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see