SA Parliament To Debate Zuma Ouster

The South African National Assembly will debate a motion calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma from office when it resumes on Tuesday.

The motion was brought by the Democratic Alliance (DA) following a landmark judgment against President Zuma by the Constitutional Court.

The DA is bringing the motion on the basis that President Zuma violated his Oath of Office.

The Constitutional Court found this week that failure by the President to comply with the Public Protector’s remedial action was inconsistent with the constitution.

The office of the secretary to the National Assembly says the motion calling for the removal of the President will take place on Tuesday afternoon.

It says the decision to schedule the motion for debate was taken on Friday.

The DA’s motion will invoke section 89 of the Constitution which refers to the removal of the President from office.

For such a motion to be successful, two thirds of the National Assembly MPs will have to vote in favour of the motion to remove the President from office.

This means 266 of the 400 MPs in the Assembly must vote in favour of the motion.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed President Zuma’s apology, saying it is convinced that there was no intention on his part and the governing party’s members of Parliament to deliberately breach the Constitution.

The party was speaking after an emergency meeting of its top six officials on Friday morning to deal with the implications of the Constitutional Court Judgement.

Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the President has humbled himself.

“The President apologised to the nation on behalf of himself and government and I think if there are people who want to dissect that apology further, it would actually make sense to engage the President further. We are comfortable with the fact that he has apologised.”

However, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have rejected President Zuma’s apology, describing it as arrogant and a demonstration that he does not respect the rule of law.

EFF spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, says President Zuma was always aware that he needed to approach the courts if he had misgivings on the Public Protector’s directive that he pay back some of the money.   

The EFF says he must be forced to step down.

“Ordinary South Africans can’t get jobs in government, they can’t hold public office when they have been found guilty by a court of law. They don’t even get to be asked whether they intended to steal or not whether they intended to kill or not a mere verdict of guilt means they cannot hold public office.

President Zuma is not above the law he must humble himself and resign and therefore we reject his apology as a clear demonstration that he is defying the highest law the highest court in the land,” says Ndlozi.