D-Day at last as Zuma asked to sell out Guptas
The ANC’s apparent aversion to simply taking the President Jacob Zuma exit matter to Parliament and putting it to the vote of no confidence test is evident in the latest claims that the party is ready to offer Zuma the chance to escape any state capture prosecution that might be brought against him by turning state witness against the Guptas and other major role players, notes Legalbrief.
A Sunday Times report says the prospect of a plea bargain is part of an exit package being secretly negotiated between ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma. It says the legal complexities and costs, as well as the fact that SA law does not accommodate political deals for criminal prosecutions, lies behind the delays in the talks and a deferment of Zuma’s resignation. As reported in Legalbrief Today last week, it is understood that Zuma wants the state to cover his legal costs in the event of prosecution.
However, according to the Sunday Times report, Ramaphosa is reluctant to agree to this without co-operation from the President in nailing those who were involved in capturing the state. Meanwhile, Ramaphosa has given the assurance that Zuma's exit will be announced today following a meeting of the national executive committee (NEC) of the ANC, which, according to some speculation in today's newspapers, suggests Ramaphosa has tired of Zuma's demands and may finally be prepared to turn to Parliament to oust him.
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