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DA accuses Zuma of violating his Presidential Oath

The DA leader has introduced the party's motion that’s aimed at paving the way for Zuma’s impeachment.

FILE: DA Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says President Jacob Zuma has shown contempt for South Africa's Constitution and has violated both international and domestic law.

Maimane has introduced the DA's motion that's aimed at paving the way for Zuma's impeachment.

The party wants the National Assembly to vote in favour of an ad hoc committee to establish the facts about Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir's departure from South Africa in contravention of a court order.

The DA is arguing that by allowing this, Zuma violated his presidential oath to uphold the law and the Constitution, and should therefore be removed from office.

Maimane has accused the president of trampling on the Constitution and the rule of law by allowing the illegal departure of the Sudanese leader.

"On that day President Jacob Zuma chose to violate the court order, he attacked the very foundations of our constitutional democracy."

Maimane has told MPs they can either choose the rule of law or the rule of war where rich and powerful politicians "get away with murder".

The DA leader said, "You simply can't fix a broken president, you can recall him today. You've done it before and you can do it today in this house."

The African National Congress' Lindiwe Zulu disagreed saying no laws were broken.

She instead turned her attention to Maimane.

"I'm sure that many of our people sitting at home are getting tired of so-called 'broken this, broken that'."

But, the Economic Freedom Fighters' Godrich Gardee told the house that the president should be impeached for a variety of reasons including Nkandla and a number of other scandals.

"The president actually should go. It's long overdue; actually he should be thrown in the dust bin of history because he was an electoral disaster."

The Inkatha Freedom Party, EFF, Freedom Front Plus and the African Christian Democratic Party have so far said they would support the motion, but the United Democratic Movement and the African People's Convention say South Africa would have affronted other African countries by arresting a sitting head of state.

To watch live the debate on the president's impeachment debate click here.