'ANC bodies 100% behind Zuma'

The women’s league & youth league have come out in support of Zuma following the ConCourt judgment.

President Zuma addresses crowds at the 103rd ANC Anniversary at Cape Town Stadium on 10 January 2014. Picture: Elmond Jiyane.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) this morning confirmed that it's top six leaders have still not met to discuss yesterday's Constitutional Court ruling on the Nkandla case.

Despite this, the ANC Youth League and the ANC Women's League say they still support President Jacob Zuma.

The ANC's national leaders were due to meet last night after the court ruled that Zuma had broken his oath of office, by not implementing the binding remedial action of the Public Protector.

Judges also spelt out exactly how Zuma must now pay back some of the money spent on his home at Nkandla.

WATCH: Nkandla: The full ConCourt judgment summary

The president has been ordered to pay back the money and National Treasury has been given 60 days to determine a reasonable amount for him to pay back.

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

The ANC Women's League says it wants to make it unequivocally, unambiguously and categorically clear that it stands firmly behind Zuma.

The ANC Youth League agrees with that.

"We do not believe that President Jacob Zuma should step down because the Constitutional Court did not say the president must step down. It's not as if this thing can be corrected because the president himself said we was willing to pay for the upgrades," youth league secretary general Njabulo Nzuza said.

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Meanwhile, The head of the MK Military Veterans Association Kebby Maphatsoe says their officials still have to meet before giving an official reaction.

But the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President S'dumo Dlamini says he doesn't have a view on whether Zuma should step down.

"I didn't hear the judge talk about that matter. I am representing the voice of the workers who want to see their lives being improved in South Africa."


Meanwhile, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says Parliament's failure to hold Zuma accountable to the Constitution makes him ashamed to be a Member of Parliament.

He says Parliament has failed and has called for it to be dissolved.

Malema says the judgment shows the National Assembly is illegitimate and should not be allowed to sit.

He adds his MPs will still argue in Parliament.

"We have to go there and fight those battles to remind Parliament consistently that they're an illegitimate body, which has no respect for the Constitution. We want to monitor how Parliament is going react to this because otherwise we will be back at the Constitutional Court. That is what you must know."

At the same time, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says ANC MPs will also be guilty of violating the Constitution if they continue to protect the president.

Maimane says MPs who vote against Zuma's impeachment may be in contravention of yesterday's judgment.

"What we would look at doing is to ask whether MPs who vote and support [the president] are violating the Constitution. That becomes the fundamental question."

Maimane has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, demanding that the president be impeached.

WATCH: Maimane: Zuma should pen his resignation letter

This now appears to rest in the hands of Luthuli House, the ANC's top six and probably the party's National Executive Committee.

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.

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

Furthermore, Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota says the judgment handed down 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."


Former Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob says that government and Parliament should consider yesterday's ruling as a lesson on how the Constitution works.

Yacoob says yesterday was an important day.

"I really hope that Parliament and government regard this as a lesson. Not only concerning this case, but for the future so that they can begin to learn the Constitution, know the Constitution, take it seriously and they comply with it because I don't think that courts can do everything."

Former MK member Mavuso Msimang says he's sad that it has all come to this.

"People sacrificed a lot for our democracy. When I say people, I don't just mean ANC people as there are many people in our country."

He's one of the former MK leaders who've called for the ANC to hold a special congress.

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