Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane will today throw more light “on the way forward” for the party’s (DA) strategic plan to evict President Jacob Zuma from office. This renewed agitation for Zuma’s impeachment strategy kicked off after the ConCourt ruling on the Nkandla case on Thursday.
Shortly after the Constitutional Court judgment on the Nkandla case, the DA declared that it has “officially begun the process to impeach President Jacob Zuma.”
DA leader Mmusi Maimane described the court’s finding that “Zuma failed to uphold‚ defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land by disregarding the public protectors’ report” as “monumental.” He said the court’s judgement has confirmed and justified the DA’s contention towards Zuma.
“This pivotal judgment confirms the DA’s long-held contention that President Zuma seriously violated the Constitution when he sought to undermine the public protector’s remedial actions by instituting parallel investigative processes‚ and his subsequent failure to implement her remedial action.”
The new impeachment strategy will follow the provisions of Section 89(1) of the Constitution‚ which states:
“The National Assembly‚ by a resolution adopted with a supporting vote of at least two thirds of its members‚ may remove the President from office only on the grounds of:
- a serious violation of the Constitution or the law;
- serious misconduct; or
- inability to perform the functions of office.”
Maimane pointed out that Zuma has acted against the provisions of the constitution, and must be made to face the consequences of his actions. He made a public suggestion to Zuma to start preparing his resignation.
Maimane said outside the court on Thursday:
“Today’s ruling is clear in this regard: President Jacob Zuma’s action amounts to a serious violation of the Constitution‚ and constitutes grounds for impeachment.”
“If I was President Jacob Zuma‚ I would be preparing my letter of resignation.”
Aside the impeachment strategy for Zuma, the party leader also revealed the party’s intended action against the Parliament and Police Minister Nathi Nhleko.
Maimane added in his speech on Friday:
“…Parliament and the police minister actively participated in thwarting due process and must also be held accountable by initiating a series of processes to right this wrong for without this justice will never be achieved in this regard.”
Prior to court ruling, Nhleko compiled a report that attributed all the construction on Zuma’s residence to security – and declared that the president should not be made to pay back the money spent on the estate.