Two weeks ago the Scorpions got want they wanted out of the Appeal Court: The right to use a swathe of documents seized from Jacob Zuma’s house and his overseas offices as evidence in a fraud and corruption case against him. All the indications are that they have built up a serious case that will take more than courtroom showmanship to break down.
But now there is one critical difference. Zuma is no longer the maybe-man, he is emerging as the ANC’s choice for president and is likely to be crowned at the party’s conference in Polokwane in December.
When his day in court comes, Zuma is likely to drag South Africa into a major crisis over the legitimacy of the judiciary with the majority of the ruling party on his side, not to mention those on the streets.
It’s going to be ugly.