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:
Julian (caller) "Give amnesty rather to little guys like Brian Molefe or Des and let them spill the beans on Guptas, Zuma, etc!" @Radio702— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) November 7, 2016
Considering that he has always maintained his innocence, he deserves his day in court. https://t.co/P9rH2rhhdC— Hle-Hle (@kuhles) November 7, 2016
No @Eusebius, Zuma must go to the very place he professes not to fear! He is so pompous. But ok yes, if it means he will just go away, fine!— VentingViaVida (@VentingViaVida) November 7, 2016
Oh my LORD, you give amnesty to someone who shows remorse. How do you forgive a person who did not ask for forgiveness?— Mpho Ramakatsa (@MphoMramakatsa) November 7, 2016
How about amnesty for full disclosure i.e who else is "eating" that we don't already know about https://t.co/52pXRiktoL— Tebo (@motaut) November 7, 2016
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : To prosecute Zuma but not others would be wrong, says columnist