Brent Meersman

About the Author Brent Meersman

Brent Meersman is a novelist, the author of several books, a journalist and columnist, and a well-regarded theatre critic and performing arts writer.

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The upside to Zuma’s presidency

Since the advent of democracy in South Africa, nothing has tested the country’s institutions as the rise of Jacob Zuma and his subsequent seemingly interminable term as president. Even in mature democracies, institutions can be savaged by a concerted assault by a head of state. The Bush White House was a good example. Given the national context, we should take heart at how many of South Africa’s institutions have shown courage and resilience, and how they are beginning to rebound.