Former president Jacob Zuma stands to lose his presidential benefits, should he accept nomination from the ANC to be a member of parliament MP.
According to a close source should Zuma accept the call to be an MP and forego his huge financial retirement package, he would have demonstrated that he is ever ready to serve the people.
The ruling ANC is struggling to shake off its Nasrec divisions as defiant Jacob Zuma supporters have nominated him for a parliamentary seat, a move that could pose a huge dilemma for the man himself.
By nominating Zuma, the structures were seen as snubbing President Cyril Ramaphosa and the entire Nasrec leadership that defeated the Zuma camp by a small majority. This was also interpreted as a sign that some members did not accept the Nasrec outcome, nor Ramaphosa’s call for unity within the party. Should Zuma choose to accept the nomination, he would forfeit the benefits that he currently enjoyed as former president, including an annual salary of nearly R3 million and security apparatus provided to him by the state.
Also, if he became an ordinary MP, he would have to comply to parliamentary rules that included declaring his assets and financial interests. According to two sources, the Free State is among the provinces that had Zuma’s name on their lists. The sources said the province sold Zuma’s name to party structures prior to holding its provincial list conference on December 10. The province has yet to release its parliamentary and provincial legislature lists.