Adam Habib: Cyril may 'temper' but not tamper with Zuma charges

As South Africans continue to wait in suspense to see if President Zuma will resign after the ANC recalled him on Tuesday; author and activist Sizwe Mpofu Walsh says he believes Cyril Ramaphosa lost the negotiations with President Jacob Zuma.

Walsh shared his views on the Eusebius Mckaiser show where he engaged in a debate with political analyst Karima Brown and Adam Habib.

Ramaphosa wants to tell us where he was 28 years ago. Where was he in the last 5 years? Where was he in the Cabinet meetings that were discussing Marikana and State Capture? So this notion that Ramaphosa himself is pristine hasn't been challenged.

Sizwe Mpofu Walsh, Author and Activist

Adam Habib says that if Zuma is found guilty of any criminal charge in a court of law, he can approach Ramaphosa for a pardon. Habib says that Ramaphosa would then have to use his political judgement on whether or not pardon Zuma.

Can or should Ramaphosa make a deal which that says we are going to tamper with the prosecution service, or make a deal that says you will not appear in a court of law? That would be impossible because that would be tampering with the rule of justice.

Adam Habib, political analyst

Habib says he does not believe Ramaphosa could or should tamper with the law, but may rather temper it. In no way should the charges Zuma faces be delayed or denied, he explains.

Brown explains it is not just about the content of the negotiations, but itis about how the discussions are conducted and set up, taking into account Zuma's attitudes to age and respect.

If you want Jacob Zuma to accept that he needs to leave; he's an old man you need to understand how he computes things like respect, you have to compute how deals with things like age.

Karima Brown, Political analyst

Listen to why Sizwe Mpofu Walsh thinks the ANC cares about Zuma's ego, and Karima Brown and Adam Habib's analysis below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Adam Habib: Cyril may 'temper' but not tamper with Zuma charges


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