Quote of the week

Trump’s electoral fiction floats free of verifiable reality. It is defended not so much by facts as by claims that someone else has made some claims. The sensibility is that something must be wrong because I feel it to be wrong, and I know others feel the same way. When political leaders such as Ted Cruz or Jim Jordan spoke like this, what they meant was: You believe my lies, which compels me to repeat them. Social media provides an infinity of apparent evidence for any conviction, especially one seemingly held by a president.

Timothy Snyder
The New York Times
15 November 2012

The State proved that Thomson corruptly offered (the offer having been communicated to Shaik)

  • to give a benefit

  • which was not legally due

  • to a person, being Zuma,

  • who had been charged with duties, being the duties set out in s 96(2) of the Constitution

  • by virtue of the holding of the office of Deputy President of the RSA

  • with the intention to influence him

  • to commit or to do an act in relation to such duty. – SCA judgment in S v Shaik

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