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ANC says no negotiations within party over Zuma's amnesty

The ANC is adamant claims that the party will begin talks with Zuma to have him accept a hefty retirement package of R2 billion are fake news.

Pres Jacob Zuma makes his address at the final plenary on 5 July 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) says there are no negotiations within the party regarding President Jacob Zuma’s alleged amnesty exit package worth R2 billion.

According to the Daily Maverick, a faction within the ANC in support of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has offered to raise the money in exchange for Zuma to step down.

The alleged deal could see the president being cleared of the over 700 corruption charges against him.

The ANC is adamant claims that the party will begin talks with Zuma to have him accept a hefty retirement package of R2 billion are fake news.

Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says, “They are nothing else but fake news and I don’t think anybody must take them serious.”

According to the Daily Maverick, the deal was proposed to Zuma in the run up to the recent ANC’s fifth policy conference but he apparently dismissed the notion.

The publication says the deal emanates from a peace settlement that ended the troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1990s.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)