by Nelson Nkosi

Jacob Zuma, The trial of all dangers

Jacob Zuma, Le procès de tous les dangers
In a political context marked by deep distrust of elites and institutions, Jacob Zuma's candidacy in the South African elections can be interpreted as a response to the widespread feeling of marginalization and frustration felt by many South Africans.

Firstly, it is essential to recognize Zuma's historic role in the fight against apartheid and in South Africa's democratic transition alongside Nelson Mandela. As a former president, he retains some support among the population beyond the Zulu ethnic group, the majority in the country.

In addition, the issue of corruption which is hitting hard the African National Congress (ANC), in power since the end of apartheid, has been criticized for its lack of transparency and its scandals. Recent arrests and resignations within the government, notably that of Parliament Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula forced to resign following a corruption affair, only highlight the extent of the corruption problem within the ANC.

Corruption scandals involving civil servants and senior politicians have undermined public trust in government and fueled a growing sense of disillusionment with the political establishment. In this context, some Zuma supporters may support his candidacy as a way to challenge the political establishment and question existing norms.

Additionally, it is worth remembering the events following Zuma's arrest. Riots and protests that have erupted across the country have highlighted the deep social, ethnic and economic divisions that persist in South Africa. For many South Africans, Zuma embodies 82 years old. Whether it's speaking out against injustice and marginalization, his candidacy is seen as a way to champion these concerns and restore balance to the chaotic political landscape.

The latest OpinionWay poll credits him with 15% of voting intentions. A senior figure in the ANC, on condition of anonymity, tells us that "Jacob Zuma has already won by depriving the ANC of the majority", adding that "this scenario will force a coalition which we are not in favor of. not used to it.

If the courts were to prevent Zuma from running as a candidate, we would risk creating a dangerous precedent which could plunge the country into chaos.