Zuma may have to use that Dubai mansion after all.
As they become more desperate, dirty tricks, like from the apartheid regime, will become more common as critics and journalists are lined up for intimidation.
Whatever happens, they won't stop any of us. Next week this column will harry them. So will hundreds of other journalists and columnists until Zuma gives our country back to its people.
The attacks on journalists and on upstanding people such as Mapaila are a distraction. They are meant to intimidate and cow all of us into silence.
They have already distracted us from the real issues of South Africa - the horrendous unemployment, the massive inequality, the shocking rape statistics and murders of women, the shrinking economy and the appalling education outcomes.
But now the real questions are being asked and they demand answers. Where is the national director of public prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams, as our country is being looted? Where is the national police commissioner, Lesetja Mothiba?
These questions will not go away.
This past weekend Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, one of the key members
of the coterie that propelled Zuma to power, called on the ANC to expel any of its members implicated in, and proved guilty of, involvement in the Gupta e-mails leaks saga. Of all those implicated, Zuma appears to be the most culpable. It's curtains for Zuma now. It's curtains for the Guptas.
That is why they appear to be trying to blackmail and besmirch journalists and turn our country into a failed state.
They will not succeed. They dare not succeed.