Before Zondo: Zuma and a generation of disappointments

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Before Zondo: Zuma and a generation of disappointments

If Jacob Zuma ends up going to Qalakabusha prison like his pal Schabir Shaik, perhaps he too will ‘start afresh’

Executive editor: opinions and analysis

Do you think Jacob Zuma will serve his sentence at Qalakabusha prison?

If you recall, that’s where his original pal Schabir Shaik — with whom he didn’t have a generally corrupt relationship — was supposed to have served 15 years for not trying to corrupt Zuma. Qalakabusha literally means “start afresh”. Schabir went in there in 2007 a dying man but got out two years later on medical parole, supposedly to die at home. He’s been alive ever since. Talk of a fresh start.  

Who knows, JZ might also get out of there a new man. The correctional centre in Empangeni seemingly gives a new lease on life to the eternally condemned...

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