President Jacob Zuma can not hold the ANC and the whole of South Africa hostage, by insisting that his legal costs be paid and that he will be given a possible pardon against prosecution, says Dr. Pieter Groenewald, leader of the FF Plus.
Dr. Groenewald says Cyril Ramaphosa, president of the ANC, is currently losing his coup over the ANC and has missed a golden opportunity when the meeting of the ANC National Executive Committee (NUC) was suspended last Wednesday.
According to Dr. Groenewald, the protracted negotiations over Zuma’s departure as president of the country is currently doing more damage to the economy than the removal of Zuma itself.
“This creates uncertainty and investors are beginning to wonder if Ramaphosa really has control over the ANC and especially over the Zuma faction.
“The ANC will now have to act decisively and, if Zuma does not want to resign, the ANC must immediately submit a motion of no confidence in him to the national assembly and that the party must persuade the EFF to withdraw its motion against Zuma, in my opinion, it will only succeed if the ANC submits it.
“The ANC can not approve future legal costs for Zuma on behalf of taxpayers, and even less, grant any exemption from prosecution, as this is the task of the national prosecuting authority.
“Should the ANC give such assurances, it will undermine the constitution and democracy of South Africa,” said Dr. Groenewald.
In the meantime, rumors doing the rounds suggest that it is possible for Zuma to be used as state witnesses in certain cases and that he is also negotiating his pension benefits.
The original article can be found in Afrikaans on Die Vryburger