As the issue on whether or not Zuma would pay the Nkandla money deepens, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) are expected to meet with the Constitutional Court this morning to ensure that President Jacob Zuma pays back all the money over Nkandla on the basis that he broke the law by disregarding the Public Protector and that advocate Thuli Madonsela’s findings are binding.
Zuma had last week produced a legal document suggesting that the Auditor-General and finance minister decide how much of the R247 million he should repay over the upgrades to his home. But the EFF and DA are up to stand against his suggestions.
They will be joined by a public advocacy NGO, Corruption Watch and public protector Thuli Madonsela who had both decided to see to it that Zuma pays up all he is owing from the Nkandla renovations.
Corruption watch had through its executive director last week declared its decision to join the EFF and the DA on the Nkandla issue saying it is in their interest and of course that of the country that they had to ensure that the recommendations made by the public protector are upheld by the president.
The same week, Madonsela said no settlement in the Nkandla saga can be reached without the powers of her office being reaffirmed by the highest court in the land.
At the Concourt, both the DA and the EFF would have to prove to the court the rights they have to argue the case and why only judges in the court have the power to find the president has failed to fulfill a constitutional obligation. At the second phase of the case, the two parties would be explaining reasons why Zuma must obey the orders of the Public Protector’s findings and pay back the money.
The Public Protector on her own part will have to defend why she thinks her findings should not be ignored or watered down by another organ of state.
The case would be crucial especially as Zuma’s lawyer will have to defend why President Zuma should pay part of the money especially as he had promised to pay back.
The hearing will involve the country’s top legal minds with advocate Jeremy Gauntlett standing in for Zuma, while advocate Wim Trengove would be appearing for the EFF and advocate Gilbert Marcus arguing for the Public Protector.
Journalists, and the EFF leader Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu are already at the court arena. Malema said they said they’ll be leading a large number of supporters from Newtown to the court later this morning.