The US survived Nixon. SA will survive Zuma.

THE American republic survived Richard Nixon. SA’s will survive Jacob Zuma. Of that John Campbell sounded confident when I spoke to him this week about his new book. He has called it Morning in SA. No “u”.

If you’re looking for a Washington establishment view on SA, Campbell is a good place to start. His state department career began in 1975. It included a stint in Pretoria as political counsellor between 1993 and 1996 and culminated in Nigeria, where he was ambassador from 2004 to 2007.

He is now the Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Nixon-Zuma analogy was his, not mine.

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What’s Corruption?

Robert McDonnell was elected governor of Virginia in 2009. Like President Jacob Zuma, he had cash flow problems. He also had a Schabir Shaik, a local businessman by the name of Jonnie Williams with a reputation as colourful as his Ferrari.

In 2014, the by then former governor and his wife, Maureen, were convicted on federal corruption charges. They are free on bail pending the outcome of separate appeals. Williams received immunity as the star witness. The matter is now before the Supreme Court which heard oral argument last week and is expected to rule in June. The justices seem of a mind to let the once rising Republican star walk. Zuma might appreciate their reasoning.

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