The politics (and legality, or lack thereof) of JZ’s offer to pay back the money

President Jacob Zuma is gearing up to pay back some of the Nkandla money in an offer to settle the matter once and for all.

But is this even a legal option?

Can you offer a monetary settlement on a constitutional matter?

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Cathy Powell, Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the University of Cape Town.

Whitfield also spoke to Political Analyst Ralph Mathekga.

Mathekga discussed the politics behind this move.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

This is, legally speaking, a very ill-considered move.

Cathy Powell, Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the University of Cape Town

There are no legal consequences of this move. The court case will go on.

Cathy Powell, Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the University of Cape Town

There are enormous political consequences.

Cathy Powell, Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the University of Cape Town

The President has become more vulnerable. He’s admitting some guilt.

Ralph Mathekga, Political Analyst

He’s running out of options.

Ralph Mathekga, Political Analyst

Jacob Zuma has exposed his party and Parliament.

Ralph Mathekga, Political Analyst

There are serious concerns about whether the president respects the laws of the land.

Ralph Mathekga, Political Analyst

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