The latest shots in the Zuma-saga poses the ultimate challenge for the Government : does the President and his questionable band of brothers mean real business with corruption or are they bluffing? Zuma has openly scoffed at the rule of law, the Constitution and the judiciary by refusing to abide by the ruling of the Constitutional Court. If anything calls for serious action, this is it. If the Government and its various branches fail to act now, it will send a final message to the country : the former top dog’s unlawfulness is overlooked, so the puppies can run wild. Why would a criminal or potential thug have any respect for the law if those that are supposed to uphold the law when their former leader is involved in grave crimes, sit with folded arms? The little respect that remains for this country internationally, will also evaporate.
However, not only is Zuma’s behaviour relevant – his legal advisors are equally under scrutiny, or at least should be. This is what Prof Pierre de Vos writes concerning the actions or inactions of Zuma’s advocates :