DA slams Zuma exit package reports

The DA says the suggestion that the ANC is considering amnesty for President Zuma is outrageous and would be running SA into the ground.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the suggestion that the African National Congress (ANC) is considering amnesty for its leader is outrageous and would be running this country into the ground.

The DA is reacting to reports that the ruling party has proposed that an amnesty deal should be granted to President Jacob Zuma for over 700 corruption charges against him as this would unify the factionalized party.

The alleged proposition will also see Zuma vacate his post as president of the country.

The DA’s James Selfe says that the move would prove that the ANC has been complicit in undermining the Constitution and condoning the abuse of power.

“That undermines the rule of law. It’s an insult to South Africa and it sends out the message that there’s one rule of law for the rich and politically connected.”

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

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.

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.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)