We are as much to blame as Zuma for the mess SA is in

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We are as much to blame as Zuma for the mess SA is in

If we do not pay attention to the quality of those we vote for, what has gone before will happen again

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It was bound to end in tears. It’s a terrible episode in our nascent democracy. Over our dead bodies, the villagers and townspeople proclaimed. He will never walk alone, others cried aloud. But when the moment came, former president Jacob Zuma stood alone behind bars.

On Thursday and Friday, he had his prison breakfast alone.

Publicly, the bravado and chest-thumping exercises were, in the period leading to his imprisonment, in overdrive. Privately, the tears flowed for a 79-year-old pensioner found by judges of the highest court in our land to have nothing but contempt for our laws. Even his spokesperson, Jimmy Manyi, had to take a break on Thursday to let the pain, the reality, sink in...

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