William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
6 Feb 2021
4:55 am

Zuma detractors might be in for a nasty surprise

William Saunderson-Meyer

Is Zuma really willing to embrace prison martyrdom?

Former president Jacob Zuma has made several claims against the judiciary. Picture: Guillem Sartorio/AFP

Former president Jacob Zuma’s detractors have long delighted in deriding his “Stalingrad strategy”. It may be that they’re in for a nasty surprise. It’s been widely held that his attempts simply to wear down the resolve and commitment of his foes in law enforcement, the prosecuting authority and the courts would ultimately be futile. The superior forces of a modern, democratic, constitutional order would eventually and inevitably prevail. They forget that the Battle of Stalingrad had two phases. The first phase attritional, with the Soviets meeting the German offensive with stubborn resistance. The second was to do what no sane...