If reports are true that President Jacob Zuma has demanded a host of conditions as part of his exit package from the Union Building, which included “security and benefits”, then there is one party who is not apposed to it – the opposition DA; as long as he gets it in prison.
James Selfe, die DA’s Federal Council Chairperson says reports would suggest that Zuma demanded state-guaranteed safety for himself and his family, that his security detail remains in place, and that his legal fees for current and future legal matters be paid for by the people of South Africa. But the Spy Tapes case alone it is estimated to have cost R30 million or more in legal fees already.
Selfe says that while it is unthinkable that Zuma to demand a continuation of his security detail and state-funded legal fees, there is no reason why the former president could not get maximum security. As long as he takes up residence at a state-funded prison.
“Zuma has cost the people of South Africa enough and taxpayers money can be put to better use in addressing the disastrous legacy of Zuma’s Presidency. If Zuma’s demands are met by the ANC, it would be a damning indictment on the ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa who has chosen to negotiate a dignified exit for the man faced with 783 counts of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering, who was at the heart of the Nkandla scandal and who likely facilitated State Capture.
“This is an insult to the people of South Africa and the DA will not stand for this. Jacob Zuma broke his oath of office, wilfully disrespected our Constitution and brought our economy to its knees. He must be prosecuted and, if found guilty, be locked up for his crimes,” says Selfe.