Forget about his finance minister reshuffles, Nkandla, his cosy relationship with the Guptas, or those 783 fraud, corruption and racketeering charges that will seemingly never make it to court. President Jacob Zuma’s real scandal is the economy. Since 2009, when he came to power, growth has averaged less than 2%. Unemployment reached 27.1% in the third quarter, the highest in 13 years. At the time of writing, the rand was more than 60% weaker than five years ago. Yes, global factors play a role, but Zuma has failed dismally to provide the leadership required to build confidence and implement much-needed structural reforms. He has also done very little to support those in government who aim to do so.