Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
22 Jul 2021
8:03 am

SA and USA, Trump and Zuma – a tale of two insurrections

Eric Naki

Both protagonists are former presidents who so enjoyed power they refused to leave office, even when their time was up.

Picture File: Looters outside a shopping centre alongside a burning barricade in Durban on 12 July. Picture: KoreaTimes/AP-Yonhap

There are striking similarities between the 6 January insurrection in the US and our own “not insurrection” that ensued here in the past fortnight. Both protagonists are former presidents who so enjoyed power they refused to leave office, even when their time was up. Donald Trump refused to vacate the White House after being defeated by Joe Biden in the 3 November 2020 presidential election. Instead, he kept on telling his right-wing supporters and fellow conservative politicians that he had, in fact, won and that Biden had stolen the poll. This was despite losing court challenges and vote recounts in...