DA continues to fight for motion to impeach Zuma

The issue caused fireworks at this morning’s meeting of the National Assembly’s programming committee.

FILE: National Assembly speaker has informed Mmusi Maimane that the impeachment motion will not be debated. Picture: YouTube

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) now said it's heading to court in a bid to compel Parliament to schedule the party's motion for the impeachment of President Jacob Zuma.

The party's Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane had earlier argued that events leading to the illegal departure of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir from South Africa was a violation of Zuma's presidential oath to uphold the constitution and all other laws of the land.

But National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete has informed Maimane that the impeachment motion will not be debated on the basis that the matter is sub-judice.

The government is appealing the High Court decision that ordered that Bashir remain in the country.

The issue caused fireworks at this morning's meeting of the National Assembly's programming committee.

DA's Chief Whip John Steenhuisen argued that a number of judgments have effectively killed the sub-judice rule and it can't be used to block the impeachment motion.

"If you do not want to hear me out, I'm left with no option but to approach the court this afternoon to seek an order on this and we'll do so."

But Mbete insisted she considered all the issues and stood firm by her decision not to allow the motion to be debated.

"That's where the matter stands and you have the freedom to approach the courts.

Steenhuisen said the party will now ask for an order setting Mbete's decision aside and compelling Parliament to schedule debate on the motion.