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Sometimes the seemingly impossible happens. Innumerable theories get offered on reasons, but without clarity from the intimates, such discussion is just speculation. Sometimes what lies behind such miracles doesn’t matter so much as the fact they have happened. This is one of those moments. South Africa’s previously imperious President Jacob Zuma last night capitulated on his nation’s biggest single gripe with him. From the Public Protector through to the local street vendor, the uniform demand from all South Africans – barring a tiny coterie of Zuma acolytes – is that he repay taxpayer’s money spent on his private Nkandla homestead. After fiercely rejecting the notion and nodding at lies about the courageous Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (like being branded a CIA agent), Zuma has now issued a statement to say he will repay the money. For the moment, how he derived funds to meet this commitment isn’t the issue. Zuma the supposedly all-powerful has been shown to have feet of clay. For now, that’s enough. It’s a big start in the right direction. The full statement from the Presidency is republished at the bottom of the news article. It’s genuine. Hope Springs. – Alec Hogg
By Wim Pretorius, News24
Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
Listen to the story of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to presidential power, narrated by our very own Alec Hogg.