“From a mysterious alleged attempted robbery involving someone visiting ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to a suspected gunman targeting the SACP’s Solly Mapaila, to death threats against DA leader Mmusi Maimane and a headless cat found in Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini’s garden, it appears that fear and paranoia are besetting South Africa’s political players. It is difficult to say how much of what is reported is due to heightened anxiety, public deception and genuine security threats, and whether ANC MPs considering voting against President Jacob Zuma in a motion of no confidence have reason to fear for their lives. What is clear is that everybody is suspicious of everybody else and absolutely nobody trusts the state.” By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
‘Munusamy writes: “To say Zuma is paranoid is an understatement.” It is not an understatement; it is a falsehood. Zuma knows exactly what he is doing to protect himself, which includes the invention of plots, lying and intimidation. A rational fear of political consequences following from reprehensible and perfidious conduct cannot sensibly be called paranoia.’