How the country navigates the next two years will either rock or steady the ship.
Tensions are probably inevitable in any constitutional democracy that empowers the courts to overrule the executive and legislature.
When Zuma and Mogoeng discuss the roles of the executive and judiciary, will they stick to the script?
The first of these that will restore the country's competitive advantage is to get rid of No 1.
As crazy as it sounds, the likely new DA leader could be central to dispatching the president.
The divisions in the EFF are now apparent. But while Zuma remains in power, the EFF will always have something to bind it.
The political antics of the coming months could set the tone for the next 20 years, writes Richard Calland.
The Constitution is contested terrain, but the ANC's progressive, principled voice is mute. Cyril Ramaphosa should resign or speak up now.
What the bullying ANC doesn't get is that our democracy is almost more than just numbers.
An endgame is fast approaching. Either Zuma will go or South Africa will face its first constitutional crisis of the modern, democratic era.