DA: Heads must roll after ConCourt Nkandla judgment
The DA says it’s time for Baleka Mbete and all ministers involved in covering up the Nkandla to resign.
JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says it's time for National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to resign and all the respective ministers involved in covering up or defending the Nkandla saga need to follow suit.
Maimane held a briefing in Sandton accompanied by Members of Parliament John Steenhuisen and Glynnis Breytenbach, who say yesterday's Constitutional Court ruling, marked a significant moment in South Africa's democracy.
The DA filed a motion to have Zuma impeached yesterday, shortly after the court found that he acted unlawfully when he ignored the Public Protector's findings on Nkandla.
The party leader says now that the president has been found guilty of breaching his oath of office, all those complicit should also be held accountable.
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He says that due to the conduct of the ANC in Parliament, it flouted its obligations by exonerating the president from paying back the money spent on security upgrades at his Nkandla home.
At the same time, Steenhuisen says Mbete must resign.
"The Speaker has allowed her position as a national chairperson of the ANC and her proximity to President Zuma and her political positions to compromise the unbiased execution of her constitutional mandate in Parliament."
Maimane says Zuma simply paying back the money is not enough and Parliament should vote to have him impeached. LISTEN: Zuma and the Constitution can't co-exist.
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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.