When is it checkmate for Zuma?

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

THE ANC’s so-called pol­icy con­fer­ence con­sumed a lot of time, money and en­ergy, with no fun­da­men­tal change in ide­o­log­i­cal di­rec­tion.

Al­most daily there were more damn­ing dis­clo­sures on the Gupta-leak front, ex­panded to the as­tound­ingly cyn­i­cal pro­pa­ganda machi­na­tions of Bell Pot­tinger.

Since the ma­lign press was kept at bay, out­siders did not know whether the con­fer­ence was en­gag­ing with th­ese cru­cial is­sues or af­flicted by col­lec­tive deaf­ness, blind­ness or dumb­ness.

At any rate, the pres­i­dent has never been se­ri­ously in­ter­ested in na­tional pol­icy or long-term so­lu­tions for “a bet­ter life for all”.

In­stead, he has al­ways been more fo­cused on the ma­noeu­vres of party pol­i­tics, short-term strate­gies, cabi­net ex­e­cu­tions and bizarre pro­mo­tions, to­gether with the use of prox­ies.

His skill as a chess player is lauded, rather than his abil­ity to gen­er­ate new ideas. The em­pha­sis is, amaz­ingly, on his end game, rather than the na­tion’s fu­ture. He has sac­ri­ficed his Queen, which can be in­ter­preted in var­i­ous ways, per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal. But he stub­bornly sur­vives de­spite in­creas­ing calls from all sides for his re­moval.

The party will con­tinue, dis­cred­ited, de­mor­alised and los­ing sup­port.

But when will he be down­graded?

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