After years of living off his friends, his family, the state and his benefactors, President Jacob Zuma is now in a financial fix. With Zuma committing to compensate the state for the non-security upgrades at his Nkandla home, he now has to come up with R7.8-million by 24 August. While in the past Zuma’s friends have stepped in to pay his children’s school fees, his clothing bills, his legal fees and even leased his house on his behalf, the well of goodwill now seems to be drying up. With an end in sight to his political career and criminal charges hovering over him again, Zuma is becoming a dead-weight.
Reporter: RANJENI MUNUSAMY