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Zuma’s Stalingrad tactic has backfired, and it’ll cost him more ...


Zuma’s Stalingrad tactic has backfired, and it’ll cost him more than money

The former president has effectively built the walls of a legal prison he cannot escape from


Former president Jacob Zuma’s hopes of permanently stopping the corruption case against him were destroyed by the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday – crushed by the collective weight of the myriad rulings given against him in his battle to undermine his prosecution.

It was more than a decade ago that Zuma’s former counsel, Kemp J Kemp, told the Durban High Court that the then aspiring ANC president was using a “Stalingrad” strategy in his response to the state’s case against him, by fighting the National Prosecuting Authority in “every room, in every street, in every house”.

But, while Stalingrad may have effectively prevented Zuma from actually going on trial until now, it has also arguably made it nearly impossible for the courts not to order that his prosecution proceed...

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