Pressure mounts for Zuma to resign

People like Gwede Mantashe may feel this gives them more momentum in what looks like a move against Zuma.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CONSTITUTIONAL COURT - President Jacob Zuma has been dealt another blow and is likely to face even more pressure within his own party, the African National Congress, after the Constitutional Court on Thursday found he was liable to pay for some of the upgrades to his Nkandla home.

The Court has found the president failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution as the supreme law of the land.

Zuma has already been under severe pressure because of the scandal erupting around the Gupta family and the offers it made to people of positions in Cabinet.

People in the ANC seem to be leading the pressure against Zuma, such as Gwede Mantashe and other leaders, may feel this gives them more momentum in what looks like some sort of move against Zuma.

But he still holds many of the aces even if today's Top Six meeting decides to call a special National Executive Committee meeting, the president has strong support in that body.

Technically, he could only be recalled as party leader by a special congress and that seems unlikely at this point, unless he decides to take some other action.

WATCH: South Africans have their say on damning Zuma ruling.


The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) vowed to stop Zuma from addressing Parliament until he is impeached.

The EFF welcomed the Constitutional Court judgement and its leader, Julius Malema, says they will not allow President Zuma to continue to serve as Head of State.

LISTEN: ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa's reaction to ConCourt ruling on Nkandla.

The party says Zuma does not deserve to be the Head of State.

Malema says EFF Members of Parliament won't allow Zuma to address any sittings of the National Assembly or the National Council of Provinces.

WATCH: Malema calls for Zuma's resignation.

He says the African National Congress must recall their leader.

"Failure to do that, we'll go to Parliament and call for the impeachment of the president, and in between now and the impeachment the president will not be allowed to address us in Parliament. We'll stop him physically; we'll push him. We will push him because Zuma is no longer the president of this country."

Malema has called on South Africans across the country to unite and stage mass marches calling on Zuma to step down.

"All of us must come together; DA, ANC, UDM, IFP ... let us come together in defence of the Constitution."

Besides calling for Zuma to be removed, Malema has also called on Parliament to be dissolved, saying it's failed the people of South Africa.


Meanwhile, the Nkandla saga which has dragged on for six years, reached its climax today, with a judgment that has been described as a seminal moment for South Africa's democracy.

The EFF spearheaded this case and it's been vindicated.

Last month, the EFF's lawyer Wim Trengove argued that paying back the money is simply not enough.

"The very lowest and softest appropriate remedy is a declaratory order, one that declares that the president has acted in violation of the Constitution for almost two years."

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says the Public Protector's remedial action was second guessed.

"Absent a court challenge to the Public Protector's report, all the president was required to do was to comply, arguably he did but only with a directive to report to the National Assembly. The president thus failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution."

WATCH: ConCourt ruling on Nkandla debacle.

It's now up to Treasury to determine how much money Zuma must pay back and return to this court in 60 days.

If the court approves the amount, Zuma will have 45 days to pay, what could be millions of rands.

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