Presidency tight-lipped on Zuma exit package reports

The Presidency’s Bongani Nqulunga told Eyewitness News that he is unaware of reports of Zuma’s alleged retirement package when contacted for a comment.

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

JOHANNESBURG – The Presidency is keeping tight-lipped on reports that President Jacob Zuma has allegedly been offered an amnesty exit package worth R2 billion.

The Daily Maverick reported at the weekend that a faction within the African National Congress (ANC) in support of deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has offered to raise the money in exchange for Zuma to step down.

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

The Presidency’s Bongani Nqulunga told Eyewitness News that he is unaware of reports of Zuma’s alleged retirement package when contacted for a comment.

While the ANC’s Zizi Kodwa says there are no negotiations within the party regarding the alleged proposal which would see Zuma R2 billion richer.

“Any suggestion that there were some behind the negotiations of exit package for the president are nothing else but fake news.”

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

The publication says that the suggestion is believed to emanate from a peace settlement that ended the troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1990s.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)