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.