William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
11 Sep 2021
6:50 am

What’s Cyril’s role in Zuma’s jailbreak?

William Saunderson-Meyer

Zuma’s sudden acquisition of a magical cloak of immunity was not through a brass lamp and a genie.

Former president Jacob Zuma. Picture credit: Gallo Images/Sowetan/Thulani Mbele

Kapow!” Like the comic book hero of yore, “with one bound he was free”. No, not Super Zuma. We’re talking Sidekick Cyril. For almost nine years, Cyril Ramaphosa was Jacob Zuma’s enabler, turning a blind eye to an unprecedented hollowing out of the state. Nothing much has changed. Ramaphosa is Zuma’s accomplice in his escape from justice. The granting of a medical pardon to Zuma without him having to spend a single night in a cell, is not only a triumph for the wily former president. Above all, it’s a testament to the guile of Ramaphosa. No one, bar Zuma,...