‘Zuma won’t go for R2bn’

The Times (South Africa) - - NEWS - KGAUGELO MASWENENG

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.

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