On Wednesday, in Parliament, after the usual pleasantries had been observed (the shouting and screaming that marks the traditional out-chucking of the EFF), the ANC benches stood up to applaud President Jacob Zuma. He was presenting his budget speech, the budget of the Presidency. Parliament being Parliament, he was exercising political power, explaining the choices he had made as president. But, as the defences his supporters mount for him become increasingly legal and technical, it is equally obvious that he is president only technically. Legitimacy? He lost it long ago, somewhere along the road that led us to the current sad state of affairs. By STEPHEN GROOTES.