For so long President Jacob Zuma has been the MacDaddy of our politics: unbeaten, unbowed, unrepentant. Now, after a process lasting over a year, we are suddenly at the sharp end of one of the biggest scandals of our adolescent democracy. It’s always seemed that it would be the Public Protector’s investigation into Nkandla that would lead to the most heat, and shed the most light on Zuma’s political personality. It would answer whether Zuma really meant it when he swore to “obey, observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution”. Now we know that Madonsela, the one person who could make a finding on this question, believes he did not. And this is likely to divide our society into two sides: those who support Zuma, and those who do not. By STEPHEN GROOTES.