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President Jacob Zuma (AP)
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There is a common belief that the reason President Zuma refuses to heed the calls for his resignation is the fear that he might end up in jail. Therefore, the argument goes, he wants to stay on till 2019 or else wants to be assured that the next president will not have him prosecuted, thus the push for his ex-wife. 

So I am often asked why someone like Cyril Ramaphosa does not cut a deal with President Zuma, ensuring that the charges against him will not be reinstated (i.e. that he will be granted amnesty from future prosecution), in return for his early departure? 

Although I know that this has been discussed by people in the ANC there are legal, political and moral issues to take into account:

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