Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
30 Jun 2021
5:20 am

‘He will now become a martyr’: Is this part of Zuma’s grand plan?

Eric Naki

It is expected that a huge crowd will accompany former president Jacob Zuma to the Nkandla police station

Former president Jacob Zuma, who is facing fraud and corruption charges, greets supporters in the gallery of the high court in Pietermaritzburg on 17 May 2021. Picture: Reuters/Rogan Ward

Jail will turn former president Jacob Zuma into an overnight martyr and an instant post1994 revolutionary – and that’s what he always wanted to achieve as part of his fightback strategy. According to political analyst Xolani Dube from the Xubera Institute for Research and Development, being sent to jail was what Zuma wanted as it was hidden ammunition in his political arsenal. “What they have done unaware is to embolden him or create a statue of Jacob Zuma as a post1994 political martyr,” he said. “They have played right into his hands or right into his strategy because he currently...