No Immunity for Zuma

African National Congress President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said that immunity from prosecution is not being offered to current South African president, Jacob Zuma.

Ramaphosa has been locked in “transition” discussions with Zuma this week, which are expected to result in Zuma stepping down as president.

Ramaphosa was speaking to the ANC Parliamentary caucus on Thursday, in a meeting seen as unusual, as the ANC usually holds them after the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

SONA was originally scheduled to take place last night, but was postponed indefinitely, for “the best interests of the country”, according to National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete.

According to sources, Ramaphosa said: “Immunity from prosecution is not even on the table. It is not in my powers to give him that.”

The National Prosecuting Authority still has to determine if it will reinstate fraud and corruption charges against Zuma.

Zuma is also a subject of the inquiry into state capture.

Ramaphosa said that his talks with Zuma about the transition of power will be over in “a day or two”.

Meanwhile, opposition parties are planning a national shutdown to protest against the drawn-out process leading to Zuma stepping down.

Jacob Zuma Congratulates Farmajo On Election, Promises to Work Together

South African president, Jacob Zuma, has formally congratulated newly elected Somali president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, and has pledged to work closely with him to build relationships between the two African countries.

Mohamed – who is more prominently known by his nickname, Farmajo – was elected as the president of Somalia last week. Farmajo’s election was hailed as a victory, after the west African country struggled for years to hold a free and fair election.

According to Zuma’s spokesperson, the South African president also congratulated Somalia on their successful election, and for sticking to a democratic process.

“[Zuma] commended all other candidates who immediately accepted the results, thus showing commitment to democratic principles amid attacks by destabilising forces during the weeks preceding the elections [sic],” a spokesperson for the South African president said.

During his victory speech, Farmajo said that his main objective was to unify Somalia, and to take back control of various regions in the country that have fallen to al-Shabaab militants.

Zuma further said that South Africa is looking forward to renewed, bilateral relationships between the two African countries.