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.