ConCourt bid to oust Zuma?

Accountability Now believes opposition parties have a reasonable chance of having Zuma declared unsuitable.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Accountability Now director Advocate Paul Hoffman believes opposition parties have 'more than a reasonable chance of success' if they turn to the Constitutional Court to have President Jacob Zuma declared unsuitable to lead the country.

Hoffman believes recent events including Zuma's decision to axe Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene add weight to the argument that he shouldn't be in charge of the country.

But he's questioned whether parties have the political will to take the matter to court.

In 2014 the Democratic Alliance (DA) objected to Zuma being the African National Congress (ANC)'s presidential candidate on the basis that it was irrational.

The objection was overruled by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng who said anyone qualified to be a member of the National Assembly was also qualified to be president.

But Hoffman is convinced it's not too late to challenge that decision.

"The DA ought, if it were to move under the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, to have launched review proceedings within 180 days. But at common law [the DA] can bring [a] review within a reasonable time."

The DA, however, says it respectfully disagrees with Hoffman.

It has received legal advice that the costly litigation is not the way to go.