ANC reacts to ConCourt judgment on Nkandla

The governing party says it welcomes the clarity provided by the Constitutional Court today.

The ANC's headquarters, Luthuli House, in central Johannesburg. Picture: WikiCommons

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) has responded to today's judgment with a short statement saying it notes and respects the unanimous decision of the highest court in the land.

The court found that President Jacob Zuma failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

National Treasury has been given 60 days to determine a reasonable amount for Zuma to pay back.

Zuma will then have 45 days to pay the final amount.

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The governing party says it welcomes the clarity provided by the Constitutional Court on the binding nature of the Public Protector's powers, adding the court is the final arbiter on such matters.

The party says it continues to have full confidence in the judiciary to uphold the rule of law.

But given the serious nature of the judgment, the ANC says it wants to study the ruling in detail before commenting further.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has already launched a fresh bid for Zuma's impeachment under Section 89 of the Constitution, which requires the backing of two thirds of all MPs to succeed.

Despite opposition objections, ANC MPs on the ad hoc committees, set up to deal with the Public Protector's report, pushed for an outcome that exonerated Zuma of any liability.

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Now, the highest court in the land has spoken.

The ANC's Moloto Mothapo said, "As the ANC in Parliament, we welcome and accept the judgment."

Motapho says the ANC in Parliament will now dissect the judgment.

"The judgment is comprehensive and it covers a wide range of constitutional matters and thus requires careful study for the purposes of issuing a detailed response."

The issue now is whether the ANC will use its majority to block any move to impeach the president, and what that will say about the ruling party.

To read the full statement by the ANC on the judgment. click here.

To read the full judgment by the ConCourt on Nkandla, click here.

To view EWN's feature on key moments from the Nkandla saga, click here.