Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
18 May 2021
5:15 pm

Realistically, how long can Zuma duck and dive his day in court?

Bernadette Wicks

The latest postponement granted to Zuma is a brief one - only until next Thursday - but realistically speaking it’s also unlikely to be the last.

Former president Jacob Zuma leaves the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Picture: Gallo Images/Darren Stewart

The adage “he can run but he can’t hide” was first coined by American boxer Joe Louis in 1946. After a four-year sabbatical occasioned by WWII, the world heavyweight champion was returning to the ring to square off against familiar rival Billy Conn. When they first encountered one another some five years earlier, Louis had come within a hair of losing his title to Conn. For the first 12 rounds of that inaugural fight, Conn successfully managed to duck and dive Louis’ blows - even getting in a number of devastating hits himself. In the 13th round, though, things fell...