Zuma can’t lose former president benefits – legal expert

South Africa

Johannesburg – Jacob Zuma is refusing to appear before the Zondo Commission saying he is not afraid of going to prison, citing unfair treatment.

The commission says Zuma considers himself above the law and constitution.

It says Zuma continues to enjoy the benefits accorded to former Presidents while defying the law and constitution of the country he once led.

The perks Zuma received as a former president are protected by the constitution.

There have been calls for those benefits to be revoked.

Constitutional Law expert, Pierre De Vos explained why this is not possible.

“The former president Jacob Zuma is no longer a sitting president, so he cannot be impeached,” said de Vos.

“The only other option would be to revise, legislatively, the benefits that former presidents get,” he says.

The State Capture Commission will lay a criminal complaint against Zuma for not appearing on 18 January.

It is also warning him to appear on 15 February or face further action.

It was responding to a statement by Zuma in which he said he would defy a Constitutional Court order compelling him to appear.

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