Trump, Zuma are peas in a pod, reducing the US and SA to banana ...

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Trump, Zuma are peas in a pod, reducing the US and SA to banana republics

Both wage war on truth and undermine their citizens, determined to evade justice and recapture the state

Columnist

The similarities between former president Jacob Zuma and US president Donald Trump are uncanny. The two are enraged and live in fear of the multitude of criminal charges that lie in their future. To protect themselves, and for their own megalomanic reasons, they are prepared to bring down their countries’ institutions and put democracy in serious danger.

Trump has lost 31 of 33 court applications trying to overturn various election results that show he has fairly and squarely lost to Joe Biden. He is out of options, with an increasing number of his supporters beginning to speak of a future without him.

Yet despite all this, on Sunday he was still tweeting the lie, discredited again and again, that there was widespread fraud in the recent US election. “Why is Joe Biden so quickly forming a cabinet when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes, enough to ‘flip’ at least four States, which in turn is more than enough to win the election?” he said on the social media platform...

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