Quote of the week

Johnson used to at least be able to give a passable imitation of being Boris Johnson. Now he can’t even manage that. The gags and the mannerisms that used to be his calling card, now just fall flat. A one-trick pony whose one trick everyone knows. The surface has been stripped bare to reveal a core of molten need. Someone who craves attention and fears he wouldn’t exist without it. Someone whose narcissism leaves him devoid of empathy. Incapable of either giving or receiving love.

John Crace
The Guardian
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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