DA tables motion to remove Zuma after ConCourt ruling

Mmusi Maimane says he has tabled a notice of a motion resolving to remove Zuma from office.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane speaks to the media at the Constitutional Court after the judgment on the Nkandla matter. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has in a statement said he's tabled a notice of a motion resolving to remove President Jacob Zuma from office.

This comes after a Constitutional Court ruling earlier that the president failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, and has been ordered to pay back the money in 45 day's time.

[WATCH] The moment the Chief Justice handed down Judgment on #Nkandla in the #ConCourt https://t.co/0m1UIuDmQx

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

The president spent R246 million on non-security features at his Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

WATCH: A year ago, when Zuma said he wasn't going to pay back the money…

Judges took just over a month to weigh up arguments from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the Democratic Alliance (DA), the National Assembly speaker and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Zuma had previously refused to pay back the money saying Madonsela's orders, which she made in her report entitled 'Secure in Comfort', two years ago, were merely recommendations.

At the same time, the African National Congress (ANC) has issued a statement about today's judgment saying it notes and respects ruling.

#Nkandla ANC: "The Constitutional Court is and remains the guardian of the Constitution".

#Nkandla ANC says it "welcomes the clarity provided by the Court on the binding nature of the powers of the Public Protector."

#Nkandla ANC: "Given the serious nature of the judgement, we will study it in detail and comment further in due course."


Worker leader Zwelinzima Vavi says he expects the rule of law to be reaffirmed by the Constitutional Court.

"It's a make and break for South Africa. Too many years have been spent on this rubbish."

Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota says the judgment handed down today will have a profound impact on the future of the country.

"Whether our democracy will survive or not, quite frankly, South Africa cannot abandon the Constitution it adopted. It's the only reliable framework to take our country forward."