DA tables notice of a motion of impeachment against Zuma

The party has taken the first step towards having the president impeached over the Omar al-Bashir fiasco.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma speaks in Parliament. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has tabled notice of a motion of impeachment against President Jacob Zuma.

Party leader Mmusi Maimane has told Members of Parliament (MPs) that the party wants the motion debated on 18 August.

The party says events that led to the illegal departure of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in June was a violation of Zuma's presidential oath to uphold the constitution and all other laws of the land.

Maimane has taken the first step towards having the president impeached over the al-Bashir fiasco.

Tabling his notice of motion in the National Assembly this afternoon, Maimane says the house should set up an ad hoc committee to look into the circumstances of the Sudanese leader's controversial exit from South Africa, in contravention of a court order.

The committee should establish whether Zuma's failure to arrest al-Bashir while he was in the country, violated the law and the Constitution.

"Inquire into the failure of the executive to take steps to arrest Omar al-Bashir when he was in the republic."

The committee would then recommend to Parliament whether Zuma should be impeached.

A sitting president can only be removed by a two thirds majority vote of the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament has rejected the DA's proposed motion as a cheap publicity stunt that it says "is not worthy of consideration".

ANC spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says no court of law has found Zuma guilty of breaching the law or the Constitution.