'Zuma's conditions for stepping down could include making NPA charges disappear'

It's possible that President Jacob Zuma will agree to step down on the condition that his corruption charges are dropped.

Constitutional law expert Ben Winks says while it's certainly possible, "it's not legal".

Read: 'Zuma's refusal to step down is hurting the rand'

It's alleged that Zuma has made a list of demands if he were to step down as president.

Zuma is facing the prospect of having 18 charges amounting to 783 counts of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering reinstated against him.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) asked Zuma to submit reasons why he should not face corruption charges last week.

Also read: Zuma will be gone in the next 7 days - Snuki Zikalala

Winks explains that the NPA is independent of the Executive and, in legal principle, cannot be influenced to make charges 'go away'.

Zuma could only legally qualify for a presidential pardon from his successor, if he was convicted and sentenced, and if he were to show remorse in court.

Winks explores the potential legal battles involved if Zuma were to get his way and have the charges dropped.

Take a listen to the in-depth analysis and explanation:


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