How do you solve a problem like Zuma?

Leaked audio recordings featuring ANC top dog Jessie Duarte looking for a “solution” to Zuma’s problems have got us humming that famous Sound of Music ditty. 💃The hills of Nkandla aren’t alive with the sounds of music, however – instead they’re ringing with many court processes. Here’s what you need to know:  

◾️uBaba has to foot his own legal bill for the millionth take of his case related to the arms deal corruption. (Yes, it’s still ongoing). This week our second top court, the Supreme Court of Appeal, effectively confirmed a lower court’s decision that the state is not liable to pay. Zuma was hoping us taxpayers would foot ANOTHER legal bill for him. Lol. Instead the SCA found that it would be ‘just and equitable’ for Zuma to pay back the money he already received from the state – that’s about R25 million. Zuma is expected to finally go on trial for those many charges related to the arms deal on 17 May.

◾️Then there’s his more recent case with the Constitutional Court, following his ghosting of the Zondo inquiry into state capture. This week Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng asked Zuma what sanction he should face. Analysts were surprised, saying an ordinary citizen wouldn’t be afforded this right BEFORE a verdict. Zuma, inevitably, used the opportunity for some more legal theatre. He wrote a 21-page letter refusing, again, to partake in the legal process or to answer Mogoeng’s question, dwelling on his usual “I am a victim” narrative.

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 April 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.