Zuma’s about-turn suggests South Africa faces another unhinged political year by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University:
Why now? Will he really #PayBackTheMoney? How much of it will he pay back? These are some of the questions on the lips of many South Africans.
These questions come after President Jacob Zuma’s surprise announcement that he would pay back part of the R246 million of public money that was improperly spent on his private homestead at Nkandla.
His offer, after more than three years of denial, also comes at the dawn of the 2016 parliamentary calendar. There are many permutations explaining why now is the perfect time for Zuma to finally submit to the mounting pressure to #PayBackTheMoney.
Many people suggest he chose this moment to limit the lambasting expected from opposition parties during his upcoming State of the Nation address.
It might be a stretch, but with a Constitutional Court case looming, he might have even had a change of heart.
The cases against Zuma were lodged by opposition parties, the ...........