DA challenges Zuma election

The Democratic Alliance says it believes it would be able to challenge Jacob Zuma’s election as...

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The Democratic Alliance says it believes it would be able to challenge Jacob Zuma’s election as president in court if he did not step down as the African National Congress candidate for the post.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

The party’s leader Helen Zille wrote an open letter to Zuma, calling on him to stand down.

Legal experts appeared to agree that Zuma could be in conflict as head of state while facing corruption charges being brought by the state.

Wits Law Professor David Unterhalter said the DA may have a legal case.

“It is possible that there would be a range of issues over which his position would be compromised for example the appointment of the head of prosecution service.”

The DA’s Fritz de Klerk said they were trying to make a serious point.

“A Zuma presidency will create a conflict of interest between his constitutional role as head of state and his status as an accused in matter that has been brought against him by the state.”

It did seem unlikely at this point that Zuma would take the DA’s advice seriously.