JOHANNESBURG, Feb 9 (BERNAMA-NNN-SABC) -- The Democratic Alliance (DA), South Africa's biggest opposition party, has threatened to approach the courts should African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa offer the country's Head of State immunity from prosecution on corruption charges if he resigns.
The DA said in a statement here Thursday that it was not a stretch of the imagination to speculate that a deal for immunity was at the centre of talks between Ramaphosa and President Jacob Zuma over the latter's future.
"Should Ramaphosa choose to offer or purport to grant Zuma immunity from prosecution, the DA will not hesitate to go to court. We cannot condone or allow Zuma to escape accountability for breaking his oath of office and putting his friends and family above the best interests of the people of South Africa," the DA said.
"It is incomprehensible that immunity would even be considered given the devastating impact Zuma's presidency has had on the country. It also shows that the ANC, under Ramaphosa, is the very same ANC it was under Zuma."
Zuma was to have delivered the annual State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday evening, but this was postponed to enable negotiations with Ramaphosa to continue after ANC heavyweights called on him to resign.
The president has, however, failed to step down, prompting talks between him and Ramaphosa over the transition.....