Behold, all things are become newt: does regeneration loom for ...

Ideas

A WORD IN THE HAND: REGENERATION

Behold, all things are become newt: does regeneration loom for Zuma?

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

The stolen photographs of former president Jacob Zuma signing himself into prison at the Estcourt correctional services facility, that have been circulating unlawfully on social media, seem to have aroused a dormant sense of compassion for the former struggle hero.

These feelings of sympathy are not entirely unwarranted. Zuma is, in many respects, a tragic figure who speaks eloquently to SA’s tragic past, but lest we forget he has been imprisoned not for any of the hundreds of charges of fraud, racketeering, money laundering and state looting he faces, but for contempt of court for refusing to appear before the Zondo commission, as ordered by the Constitutional Court

Zuma’s bowed head as he signed his arrest warrant might not have meant much, but pictures speak louder than words (though we word nerds might disagree) and these particular images seem to have awakened a perhaps delusional sense among some that the former president and his reputation might somehow be regenerated...

This article is free to read if you register or sign in.

Sunday Times Daily

If you have already registered or subscribed, please sign in to continue.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.