SA court rules parliament failed to hold Zuma to account over scandal

ConCourt: Parliament has failed to hold Zuma to account

He also told Parliament section 89 implicitly imposed an obligation on it to me make rules, which it had failed to.

Mr Zuma has since repaid $631,000, a sum set by the Treasury as the "reasonable cost" he should bear of the $15 million spent on Nkandla upgrades.

The governing African National Congress tried to use its majority in Parliament to shield Zuma from liability, but the Constitutional Court ruled past year that he'd violated his oath of office by failing to comply with Madonsela's directive and ordered the Treasury to determine how much he owed.

The unanimous and stinging ruling by the 11-judge court said Zuma had failed to "uphold, defend and respect" the constitution by ignoring the findings of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, whose office is an anti-graft watchdog with a strong constitutional mandate.

Together, these developments will give rise to new calls to strip Zuma of his position before South Africa's next presidential election in 2019, in which he can not participate, promising more trouble ahead for the lame-duck president. His deputy Cyril Ramaphosa replaced him as ANC leader in December, making him the front-runner to become the nation's next president.

"The National Assembly did not hold the president as was required by Section 89", Justice Jaftha said.

While the ruling comes nowhere near starting an impeachment process against Zuma now, it gives parliament six months to make provision for the removal of a president.




The Constitutional Court will on Friday deliver judgment on whether the National Assembly has held President Jacob Zuma accountable on the drawn-out Nkandla debacle.

Daniel Silke, director of Political Futures Consultancy, said the ball was now in the ANC's court.

Constitutional Court of South Africa.

"The assembly must put in place a mechanism that could be used for the removal of the president from office", the court ruled.

"Concourt ordered the National Assembly to remedy the situation through introducing new rules", said Ben Theron, Chief Operating Officer at OUTA. "We can only hope that this judgement will be implemented very soon", Theron added.

The court found using an ad hoc committee to hold Zuma accountable in parliament was not acceptable because it could easily be interfered with.

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