What Benefits Does Jacob Zuma Get If He Chooses To Resign?

What benefits does Jacob Zuma get if he chooses to resign?


You can cut the tension with a knife in South Africa today. Jacob Zuma’s Presidential term is hanging by a thread, as the ANC top brass continue their efforts to talking him into stepping down.

On Wednesday, Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma arrived at Tuynhuys to continue discussions over the Head of State’s future. With SONA and a special ANC NEC meeting being postponed this week, it’s clear the party are expecting something momentous to happen.

The M&G report that Jacob Zuma is set to resign at some point on Wednesday. It would seem like he’s seen the light, as leaving on his own accord makes everyone’s life easier. Especially his:

What Jacob Zuma gets out of resignation:

1) Retains a million-rand Presidential pension

By throwing in the towel himself, Jacob Zuma gets to keep the one thing dearest to his heart: Tax-payer money. As confirmed during one of the many no confidence motions held against Jacob Zuma in 2016, Presidents retain their annual salaries for life once they leave… on good terms, that is.

If Zuma decides to ignore the calls to step down, and take it to impeachment, he will lose future earnings of R2.98 million a year. In previous years, JZ would’ve perhaps rolled the dice and took the decision to Parliament. But now he’s lost friends and alienated people, he can no longer rely on a core group of supporters.

2 ) Keeps the security privileges of a President

A man with six wives, a sprawling homestead paid for by us, and a lot of enemies needs to keep himself safe. However, being thrown out of office doesn’t allow a President to retain the bodyguard services. Only by resigning can JZ keep a collective of strongmen paid for by the government.

3 ) Gets the chance to negotiate his own terms

There were initially rumours that Zuma would be facing a recall by his own party, should he not resign. A recall would see the ANC NEC vote to remove him as President by majority vote, and he wouldn’t get a say on what happens when he steps down – he’d just be asked to go.

Remember, Jacob Zuma does still have a bit of power here. And he’s a master of political mind-games. But none of that will save him from recall and impeachment. His last power play available is saying “I will resign if x, y and z happens”. One last throw of control for the almost-outgoing Head of State.


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