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‘Zuma defied Public Protector to protect his ill-gotten gains’

EFF’s advocate Wim Trengove has told the ConCourt that Zuma has a duty to uphold the Constitution.

Advocates representing President Jacob Zuma, the EFF, the DA and the Public Protector in the Constitutional Court during a hearing over the Nkandla debacle. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)’s lawyer advocate Wim Trengove has told the Constitutional Court he will show how President Jacob Zuma defied the Public Protector by refusing to pay back money spent on non-security upgrades to his Nkandla home. 

Both the EFF and Democratic Alliance (DA) have rejected Zuma's offer to repay the money with an amount to be determined by the Auditor-General and minister of finance. 

WATCH: EFF rejects Zuma's plan to #PayBackTheMoney

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Corruption Watch have joined the case as friends of the court.

Trengove has told the court that the president defied the Public Protector's findings to protect his own wealth.

“The president also violated this ethical duty in his defiance of the Public Protector because he defied the Public Protector as president of this country in order to protect his ill-gotten gains.”

He says the president has a singular and heightened duty to uphold the Constitution.

“He is our leader. It is his duty not only to obey, but uphold respect and defend the Constitution.”

Trengove has since wrapped up his argument and Anton Katz is now presenting his argument on behalf of the DA.

OUTSIDE COURT

Outside the court some DA leaders have joined party supporters, calling for Zuma to be held accountable for the Nkandla debacle. 
They've been joined by Congress of the People (Cope) and EFF supporters. 
There’s a heavy police presence around the court and in the streets, people in blue, yellow and red t-shirts have gathered.

DA national spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe says Zuma has only agreed to pay back some of the money because it’s an election year.

“What is he paying?”

More supporters are expected to join the group. 
Meanwhile, EFF members gathered at Mary Fitzgerald Square have now started their march to the court. 

To read the Public Protector's full report on spending at Nkandla, click here.

To read the letter from the Constitutional Court, click here

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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