‘ConCourt ruling rescued South Africa from a crisis’

The EFF says the Constitutional Court has rescued South Africa from a crisis in almost all institutions.

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses the media following the Constitutional Court's ruling that President Jacob Zuma must pay back some of the money spent on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the Constitutional Court has rescued South Africa from a crisis in almost all institutions, and its judgment that President Jacob Zuma broke his oath of office, calls for immediate action.

The court found president Zuma failed to "uphold, defend and respect" the Constitution when he ignored the Public Protector's Nkandla Report.

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EFF leader Julius Malema says Zuma must step down following the judgment and Parliament should be dissolved.

He says this is because it's failed to uphold the Constitution alongside the president.

Malema says the judgment is historic and marks a clear turning point.

He says the African National Congress (ANC) must rediscover itself and return to its values of defending the Constitution.

"If the ANC respects institutions of the State and loves South Africa, it will do away with an individual in protection of the Public Protector and the Constitutional Court."

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Meanwhile, the United Democratic Movement's Bantu Holomisa says Zuma has missed the opportunity to negotiate his departure.

"After this judgment, there is no need to talk about dignity, the word dignity is no longer going to be in our vocabulary. He messed up."

The EFF leader has also called on ordinary members of the public to take to the streets if the president refuses to step down.

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At the same time, the EFF leader says his party feels vindicated.

Malema says it's disappointing that some members of Parliament have failed to uphold the Constitution by continuously defending Zuma.

He has reiterated calls for Parliament to be dissolved and for early general elections to be held.

Malema says it's pleasing that the court has tried to save South Africa from what he says is a disaster facing the country.

"It's a sad day because Parliament is supposed to be the mouthpiece for the most vulnerable people of our country and it's supposed to represent the most voiceless people but instead it has chosen the side of the elite who are most corrupt."

At the same time, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says today's findings are the most damning the country has seen.

Maimane has already written to the Speaker of the National Assembly to demand that the president be impeached and has called on ANC MPs to act in a manner that upholds the Constitution.

"I don't only appeal to the conscious, but I appeal to the act to the legality because if they fail to remove Jacob Zuma then they are also culpable of being able to undermine our Constitution and if we don't have a Constitution of the republic then we are doomed."


The ANC earlier responded to today's judgment with a short statement, saying it notes and respects the unanimous decision of the highest court in the land.

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

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

The governing party says it welcomes the clarity provided by the ConCourt 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.

To read the full statement by the Presidency, click here.

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