In South Africa, the papers are all about President Jacob Zuma’s apology to the nation, in the wake of the Constitutional Court ruling ordering him to pay back money used towards the upgrades of his private Nkandla homestead.
The courtt ruled in the judgement on Thursday that Zuma had violated the Constitution by refusing to pay a reasonable portion of the the 246 million rand spent on the home as demanded by the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. In an address to the nation on Friday night, Zuma said he accepted the ruling and would comply.
“It was never my intention not to comply with the remedial action taken against me by the public protector or to disrespect her office”, Zuma said.
Mail and Guardian
As the opposition piled pressure on Zuma to step down, the ruling African National Congress remains unruffled, stating that Zuma will stay. The party’s Secretary General Gwede Mantashes praised him for humbling himself and apologizing to the nation.
Despite the scathing Constitutional Court judgement, the ANC’s top six leaders unanymously stand behind Zuma, and Mantashe vows not to allow the party to be split by the Nkandla affaire.
The damning judicial lashing is bound to have devastating effects on Zuma’s Presidency which is far from straight forward and bound to cause upheaval in the party he leads. The ANC’s national working committee are due to meet on Monday‚ ahead of the party’s Parliamentary caucus on Tuesday to damaging discuss the issues further.
The Johannesburg Star
South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng hailed Public Protector Thuli Madonsela as the “biblical David who took on the Goliath”.
The paper reports that Madonsela, confessed in a talk show that the comparison brought tears to staff members’ eyes.
“If you stand for the truth and do so long enough, she explained, hope does eventually pay. The lion heart lady also spoke about her lowest point — when “a whole ministry announced to the world that I was being investigated as a spy based on some shady website.
New Vision Uganda
Zuma will not go despite the torrents of calls. The paper however observes that while his tarnished imageis likely to rock the party ahead of local elections, Zuma retains widespread loyalty within the ruling African National Congress (ANC) whose lawmakers dominate parliament.
A new Boko Haram video denying any plans by the Jihadi group to negotiate with the Federal Government was released on Friday. According to the paper this is coming just about a week after its leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in March that his time as the head of the group might be coming to an end.
Punch observes that the nine masked men on the YouTube video posing infront of a Toyota Hilux pickup truck holding AK-47s appeared not to include Shekau and the Hausa-speaking spokesman spoke from a sandy location unlikely to be in Nigeria.
Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper
Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika was set to attend a prayer session in Lilongwe
on April Fool’s day, in an attempt to disprove a prophesy by controversial Nigerian preacher TB Joshua. The paper quotes Malawi’s Nyasa Times as reporting that Mutharika recently described Joshua as a fake man following his prophesy that the Southern African leader would die on April 1.
Source: rfi afrique