After another failed attempt to get Zuma to step down, opposition party leaders remain adamant in their quest saying they will seek other ways to make sure that President Jacob Zuma is ‘disciplined’ for not handling the Nkandla matter as directed.
Opposition party leaders have vowed to increase the pressure on Zuma to resign from office using other strategies other than relying on the parliament which is dominated by the ruling party.
The new strategy could include seeking the legal advice of the Constitutional Court on how the members of the Parliament can take disciplinary action against the president at a time like this when the African National Congress (ANC) uses its majority to shield him from the law.
Meanwhile, civil society organisations and religious leaders have indicated interest to join the campaign of nationwide protest on the steps of the Constitutional Court later today.
Democratic Alliance (DA)’s motion to impeach Zuma late on Tuesday failed as a result of the ANC’s majority count in the National Assembly.
143 Members of Parliament (MPs) voted in support of the motion, while 233 voted against it thereby giving the president yet another chance to right his wrongs.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane suggests that opposition party leaders will have to write to the speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete, asking that Zuma be subjected to a disciplinary process. He also said the president lied to the people and must answer to them.
“He’s gone here in Parliament and lied to the people of South Africa.”
The leader of the Congress of the People (Cope) Mosiuoa Lekota supports the notion of approaching the Constitutional Court for legal advice on how to handle the situation.
However, new ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu suggests that since the president has shown remorse for his handling of the Nkandla case, he should be forgiven and given a chance to make amends.
“I’m also Christian, I believe it when somebody says ‘I’m sorry’. I believe in forgiveness,” he says.
He also gave the assurance that the Parliament will ensure that the president repays the stipulated portion of the money spent on upgrading his Nkandla homestead, according to the Constitutional Court’s judgment.