EFF & DA ready for #Nkandla showdown in ConCourt
The Nkandla upgrades debacle will finally have its day in court with the DA, EFF & Public Protector.
JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) are expected to tell the Constitutional Court this morning that President Jacob Zuma must pay back the money over Nkandla, that he broke the law by disregarding the Public Protector and that advocate Thuli Madonsela's findings are binding.
Last week, Zuma suggested to judges in legal documents that the Auditor-General and finance minister decide how much of the R247 million he should repay over the upgrades to his home.
The first hurdle for the EFF and DA is to prove that they have a right to actually argue this case in the Constitutional Court and that only judges in this court have the power to find the president has failed to fulfill a constitutional obligation.
Then they'll explain why they believe Zuma had no option but to simply obey the Public Protector's findings and pay back the money.
But Zuma's lawyers will say he never refused to pay back the money; he simply set up a process to determine how much he should pay because he couldn't be the judge in his own case.
The Public Protector will say her findings cannot be ignored or diluted by another organ of state.
Some of the country's top legal minds are involved in this case with advocate Jeremy Gauntlett acting for Zuma, advocate Wim Trengove appearing for the EFF and advocate Gilbert Marcus arguing for the Public Protector.
WATCH: EFF rejects Zuma's plan to #PayBackTheMoney
Yesterday, Zuma took a casual stroll through the streets of Pretoria.
- EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 8, 2016
He was speaking to reporters after an impromptu walkabout through Marabastad.
If the president's assessment of public opinion is anything to go by, the African National Congress (ANC) under his leadership has South Africans smiling.
He says, "The people are very happy. I went to the market; and they say they're very happy, they're doing business and everything is going very well. They're happy that the government is looking after them. They are happy with the government. They're happy with the president."
Zuma says it was important for him to speak to people on the ground because it's the media which creates negative perceptions.
"Because at times you guys [the media] know what you write. You write from other sources; this was a direct source."
LISTEN: President Jacob Zuma is confident that South Africans are happy with his performance as a leader.
To view today's cartoon about the president's comments yesterday, click here.
The red berets are expected to march to the Constitutional Court today.
The party says it expects thousands of ordinary South Africans to join its march this morning.
The demonstration is due to start at Mary Fitzgerald Square in the Johannesburg City Centre at the same time that the Constitutional Court begins dealing with the Nkandla matter.
To read the Public Protector's full report on spending at Nkandla, click here.
To read the letter from the Constitutional Court, click here.