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No Immunity for Zuma

February 09, 2018

African National Congress President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said that immunity from prosecution is not being offered to current South African president, Jacob Zuma.

Ramaphosa has been locked in “transition” discussions with Zuma this week, which are expected to result in Zuma stepping down as president.

Ramaphosa was speaking to the ANC Parliamentary caucus on Thursday, in a meeting seen as unusual, as the ANC usually holds them after the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

SONA was originally scheduled to take place last night, but was postponed indefinitely, for “the best interests of the country”, according to National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete.

According to sources, Ramaphosa said: “Immunity from prosecution is not even on the table. It is not in my powers to give him that.”

The National Prosecuting Authority still has to determine if it will reinstate fraud and corruption charges against Zuma.

Zuma is also a subject of the inquiry into state capture.

Ramaphosa said that his talks with Zuma about the transition of power will be over in “a day or two”.

Meanwhile, opposition parties are planning a national shutdown to protest against the drawn-out process leading to Zuma stepping down.