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Lekota calls for Zuma to be impeached

Cope has called for impeachment proceedings against President Jacob Zuma.

COPE President Mosioua Lekota. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of the People (Cope) on Tuesday called for impeachment proceedings to be launched against President Jacob Zuma.

Cope leader Mosioua Lekota told members of Parliament (MPs) Zuma's office failed to hand over transcripts of tape recordings which led to criminal charges against him being dropped in 2009.

Lekota claimed the Presidency should have done so last week.

Lekota said Zuma is obliged to respect the constitution.

"As his office and his lawyers act daily under his direct authority, the inescapable conclusion is that the president is illegally refusing to be bound by sanction 165; subsection five of the Constitution."

He added that failing to do this meant the president should be impeached.

"Under the circumstances, Cope requests that impeachment proceedings against the president be instituted for defying a lawful judicial order."

African National Congress Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga took exception to this.

"These serious allegations should be brought by way of a substantive motion and loose accusations," Motshekga said.

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