‘Zuma won’t go for R2bn’
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma would not choose being a billionaire over remaining president, political commentators have said following reports that a faction in the ANC is offering him R2-billion to quit.
The Daily Maverick reported at the weekend that the faction in the party supporting Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is offering to raise the money to get Zuma out. “To be clear‚ this is not a rumour‚ but an actual political weapon that a faction of the ANC is willing to deploy‚” read the article.
Susan Booysen‚ a professor at the Wits University School of Governance, said if Zuma accepted such an offer he would be making a public confession of guilt in respect of all the charges brought against him during his term as president and before.
“It is more powerful being president than being a billionaire for him‚ so it is almost impossible that this will materialise. Zuma will exit on his terms.
“He will hold on to power for as long as he can. The tragedy is that there are people who have been complicit in keeping him in power. It will be difficult to pull the plug now‚” she said.