Jean-Jacques Cornish

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Leader of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa promises that today’s (Monday)meeting of the party’s top decision-making body will reach finality on the departure of President Jacob Zuma.
Clearly rejecting any immunity for Zuma, Ramaphosa says the party under him is making sure that those who are corrupt and steal from the poor are brought to justice.
Addressing  a crowd in Cape Town from the same balcony where he held the microphone for the late Nelson Mandela hours after he walked out of prison 28 years ago, Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about adopting the values and principles of South Africa’s first democratically elected president.
He refers to Jacob Zuma’s departure to make way for a president to be named by the 100-member ANC National Executive Committee as the transition of South Africa’s Presidency.
He says the NEC will finalize this today, meeting public demand.
The party executive’s been trying for a week to brush aside  Zuma’s demand for amnesty from corruption and state capture charges or at least legal assistance to fight such charges and to get him to resign.
Sources close to the NEC say Zuma could be given some sort of immunity if he pleads guilty to state capture charges and implicates  the wealthy Indian family the Guptas  in this crime.
This would entail Zuma turning on his son Duduszane who has become a billionaire working for the Guptas.

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.