Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
27 Sep 2021
8:42 am

Zuma resembles a shopper who won’t accept the fact that the jeans don’t fit

Bernadette Wicks

“I’ll make it fit,” I imagine Zuma saying to himself with the steely determination of someone trying to squeeze themself into small jeans.

A person trying on a pair of jeans. Picture for illustrative purposes | Picture: iStock

Jacob Zuma has a “no-strings-attached” relationship with the law. He reminds me of a tall, dark bartender you meet while you’re backpacking through South-East Asia on a gap year, full of passion and intensity but not looking for anything serious. There could be something quite romantic about the character. I can see Regé-Jean Page playing him in an Eat, Pray, Love-style coming-of-age Netflix original. Only we’re not talking about the cast of a made-for-TV movie. We’re talking about a former head of state who took an oath – twice – to “to obey, observe, uphold and maintain the constitution and...