EDITORIAL | No lives lost at Zuma’s home, but a different ...


EDITORIAL | No lives lost at Zuma’s home, but a different Marikana may unfold

The police say they want to avoid loss of life, but their inaction in Nkandla may very well lead to this


The organisers of the march to Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal to support former president Jacob Zuma’s bid to stay out of jail knew their actions were illegal and would undermine the authority of the state. Nonetheless, they proceeded, daring the country’s security establishment.

The police, of course, blinked. It wasn’t the first time, but certainly the worst. The EFF also held a march — “to save lives” in Tshwane — as Covid-19 infections increased a few weeks ago. Many who took part, whether in Nkandla or Tshwane, knew the risks to their lives.

In the case of Nkandla, it is tempting to say they are fearless souls, potential martyrs high on their love for uBaba. They not only came to demonstrate they were ready to die for Zuma should the state arrest him; they came to lay their lives before a marauding global health pandemic. ..

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