Proposal Of President Zuma’s Impeachment To Be Debated In Court

The court ruling on 31st march found President Jacob Zuma guilty of violating the constitution, leading the opposition to call for his impeachment.

Last week a top court in South Africa ruled that President Zuma had breached the provisions of the constitution for using government funds to upgrade his home falsely under false security reasons and in turn ignoring orders from the public protector that he repay some of the $16m in state funds spent to renovate his private residence at Nkandla.

The main opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) who took the case to court made a proposition for President Zuma to step down or be impeached after the court ruling found the president guilty.

The motion which was proposed by Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the Democratic Alliance will be debated in court some time this week. Speaker of the national assembly, Baleka Mbete said,“the debate on that motion has been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.”

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Since Thursday, the day the verdict was given, various persons and organizations have called for President Zuma to step down, regardless of his televised apology on Friday where he stated that he “never knowingly and deliberately set out to violate the constitution.”

The court ruling also held the major party in parliament, the African national Congress (ANC) accountable for not holding the president answerable to the constitution for his actions. They had passed a resolution which sought to invalidate public protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings on the state spending on Zuma’s Nkandla home.

The impeachment is most likely to fall through, seeing as Zuma’s party, the African national Congress hold the power of majority in the parliament. They are predisposed to using that influence to ensure that President Zuma is not impeached.

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