- Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said she does not believe the ANC would pardon Zuma, especially not from the state capture inquiry
- She added if they however did, it would be against the constitution and the rule of law
- Her statements followed Ramaphosa announcing on Wednesday that he and Zuma were negotiation a transition of power
Thuli Madonsela said it would be against the constitution for the ANC to pardon President Jacob Zuma from the State Capture inquiry.
The ruling party has been attempting to remove Zuma as the head of state, and some fear they would give him immunity in return for his resignation.
According to reports, Zuma has a list of preconditions, which he wants finalised before he agrees to step down.
On Wednesday, Ramaphosa announced he and the South African president were discussing a transition of power. Now, many wonder if a pardon would be part of the deal Zuma receives.
However, Briefly.co.za gathered Madonsela said the party was unlikely to acquit Zuma, in particulat to the state capture inquiry, which she called for in 2016.
The former public protector said she does not think ANC, which is currently at national level the custodian of the Constitution, would violate the Constitution and the rule of law.
She added she wanted to believe that Ramphosa and Zuma's negotiations will respect the constitution.
In her state capture report, Madonsela wrote Zuma and the Gupta family had an improper relationship.
After the release of the state capture, Madonsela instructed the president to appoint a commission of inquiry, which would have tasked to complete the probe into the state capture, as she did not have the financial means to do so.
Zuma tried blocking the release of the state capture for a year, until the Pretoria High Court finally ruled in December that he should appoint a judicial inquiry into the state capture.
Since then, it was announced that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo would be leading the investigation.
Madonsela welcomes Zondo's appointment, saying she was confident he would be able lead the commission.
She added those found guilty of wrongdoing would face prison senctences, fines and bans from certain jobs, The Citizen reported.
Madonsela said she hoped the trust Ramaphosa was placing in Zuma would not be betrayed.
The former public protector recalled an incident where the South African president betrayed her trust.
“The trust that my team and I placed in President Zuma when he asked for more time was betrayed… I’m hoping, in this case, that President Zuma is operating honestly and is not planning to ambush them,” she said.
Take a look at Madonsela's full statement belowe:
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