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To prosecute Zuma but not others would be wrong, says columnist

South Africa should under no circumstances grant President Jacob Zuma legal amnesty, says columnist and sociology professor Roger Southall.

I don't think we should use amnesty for a president who has quite clearly kicked over the traces.

Roger Southall, columnist and sociology professor

Southall says that there could be long term consequences for the country if it were to take such a hasty decision.

He says giving Zuma amnesty does not serve the South African public.

Instead, granting Zuma amnesty would set a bad Constitutional precedent for the country and would undermine the principle of equality before the law.

It would suggest to politicians that, even if they kick over the traces really badly, they can get away with it. That would be a very bad example to set for future governments.

Roger Southall, columnist and sociology professor

According to Southall, prosecuting Zuma would send a strong message internationally and on the African continent.

He adds that getting rid of Zuma is only one step in the right direction.

Southall says the Guptas and others involved in alleged corruption should not be absolved from responsibility.

To prosecute Zuma and leave the Guptas out of the story would be very wrong. There's a whole host of other people involved in this.

Roger Southall, columnist and sociology professor

He advises that others implicated in state capture allegations cannot be left free to enjoy their "loot" at the expenses of poorer South Africans.

Southall maintains that the ANC may be unable to self-correct and says the entire "system" should be purged of corruption.

Take a listen to Roger Southall discuss this and more with host Eusebius McKaiser:

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