First Jacob Zuma begged for his day in court, but now he's got it the ANC president is trying every trick in the book to evade standing in the dock.
If he really feels he's innocent it's time the ANC president shows some leadership and defends himself in court before he rips the country and its institutions to shreds.
Even Chief Justice Pius Langa observed last week that Zuma's legalistic attempts to block his prosecution were holding justice to ransom.
His legal team has so far tried more than 30 bids to keep their client out of court. Two more motions are on the calendar when he appears in the Pietermaritzburg high court today.
So Zuma's claim that justice deferred is justice denied is disingenuous at best. He is the author of the delays and he himself has tried every move he can to prevent prosecutors unearthing evidence against him and presenting it to a judge.
Now he has roped in the ruling party to continue this cat-and-mouse game.
By this time there cannot be a single citizen who doubts that we have a two-tier criminal-justice system in South Africa: one for the politically well connected and another for Joe Citizen.
If Zuma had a shred of common decency left in his body and were not driven by blind ambition he would spare the country and its institutions any further trauma and submit to his fate.
We are, so we are told, all equal before the law. So surely if Zuma feels he is innocent he should bring his evidence to court and defend himself like any other citizen.
But he is not any citizen. He is president of the dominant political party and the presumptive president to be of the republic. And to defend him he has the finest legal team that money can buy.
Enough of this tomfoolery already. The ANC president's antics to stay out of court are tearing this country and its democratic institutions to pieces. And we, the citizens who pay their salaries, deserve to know how those in the highest reaches of power would conduct themselves in our name.