DA leader, Mmusi Maimane says the finding by the Constitutional Court is a victory for the Constitution, the Rule of Law, and for the South African people. And that his party has initiated another move to impeach Zuma following the Constitutional Court ruling.
As it happened, Constitutional Court ruled that the national treasury should in 60 days, determine the amount that Zuma must repay and that the President must pay the amount in 45 days.
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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng read that “the president’s failure to comply with the remedial action of the public protector is inconsistent with the Constitution. The president failed to defend, uphold and protect the Constitution of the land.”
And as well ruled that “the National Assembly was supposed to hold the president accountable.
When remedial action is binding, compliance is not optional. Remedial action must be suitable and effective, for it to be effective, it has to be binding. One cannot talk about remedial action if the remedy is not carried out to address a complaint,” Mogoeng pronounced.
Based on that, DA leader stated thus:
Having succeeded in obtaining the Constitutional Court’s determination; I have therefore written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, notifying her of such, and have tabled a notice of motion resolving to impeach Zuma from office in terms of section 89(1)(a) of the Constitution.
Included therein are the President’s past and present failings to act in manner commensurate with the Constitution as evidenced by court judgements finding adversely against his conduct in the al-Bashir and Simelane debacles and the attempt to extend the term of office of the Chief Justice.
In all these cases the Courts found that his actions were inconsistent with that of the Constitution.
Iterating that SA’s highest court found that Zuma as President, failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land by disregarding the Public Protectors’ report.
Maimane asserted that it “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.”
President Jacob Zuma’s action amounts to a serious violation of the Constitution, and constitutes grounds for impeachment. Hence, the DA has officially commenced the process to impeach Zuma in line with Section 89(1) of the Constitution which stipulated that “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. a serious violation of the Constitution or the law;
b. serious misconduct; or
c. inability to perform the functions of office.”