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‘National Assembly was duty-bound to hold Zuma accountable’

Chief Justice Mogoeng says the National Assembly should have challenged Madonsela’s findings in court.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng delivers the judgment by the Constitutional Court on the Nkandla matter on 31 March 2016. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - When handing down judgement on the Nkandla matter, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says like President Jacob Zuma, the National Assembly should have challenged the Public Protector's findings in court and neither should have ignored her remedial action.

Last month, lawyers representing the speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, conceded that the National Assembly acted on a wrong principle.

Mogoeng says it was up to the National Assembly to hold Zuma accountable.

"On a proper construction of his constitutional obligations, the National Assembly was duty-bound to hold the president accountable by facilitating and ensuring compliance with the institution of the Public Protector.

Mogoeng made is clear that the role of the Public Protector is pivotal, referring to Thuli Madonsela as the biblical David fighting Goliath, in terms of her role to fight corruption.

Zuma has also been ordered to reprimand the ministers who absolved him.

WATCH: Madonsela: ConCourt judgment a victory for SA

To read the full judgment read out by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, click here and to view EWN's feature on key moments from the Nkandla saga, click here.