‘Zuma’s removal the most burning issue facing SA’
The DA has filed a motion of no confidence in Jacob Zuma following the ConCourt ruling on Nkandla.
JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says his party will take any steps necessary to remove President Jacob Zuma from his post should Parliament fail to do so.
He issued the warning just a day after the Constitutional Court ruled that Zuma had flouted the Constitution by ignoring the Public Protector's Nkandla report.
The DA has filed a motion in Parliament to have Zuma impeached.
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Maimane says the process of impeachment is one that South Africans should not take lightly.
He says the president's removal is the most burning issue facing the country at the moment.
"This is a far more condemning matter, beyond even Guptagate."
Maimane says African National Congress Members of Parliament now need to decide if they will protect the Constitution or President Zuma.
He adds the warning signs were always there and that Zuma has been violating his oath of office for far too long now.
ZUMA REMOVAL WILL RESTORE PARLY'S REPUTATION
The DA says the ruling party has systematically sought to remove Parliament's ability to hold the executive to account since the Mbeki administration - and it's now culminated in the Constitutional Court's damning judgment against Zuma.
The opposition party says it's now up to ANC MPs to exercise their majority in the National Assembly by voting in favour of a motion of impeachment.
Party leader Maimane says the removal of Zuma is a suitable punishment that would send a clear message that corruption will not be tolerated.
He's challenged the ruling party's MPs to put a stop to the president's corrupt abuse of state by voting him out of office.
DA MP John Steenhuisen says Parliament's conduct is also under scrutiny.
"The ANC has systematically, since the beginning of the Mbeki administration in 1999, sought to remove and defame Parliament's ability to hold the executive accountable through rigorous oversight mechanisms."
Steenhuisen says Zuma's removal would restore Parliament's reputation.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane says Zuma paying back some of the money spent on his Nkandla home is simply not enough, adding Zuma's resignation or impeachment is now required.
He says National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete has let her allegiance to Zuma cloud her judgement.
"Baleka Mbete has lost in court over and over again. She lost in the matter of the police been in Parliament, we took her to court and we successfully won. She is losing now in the Constitutional Court; can she continue to do so?"
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