Defence minister calls for Greeff’s head if he’s organising impeachment march

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula believes Pikkie Greeff has 'gone too far'.

Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mpisa-Nqkula briefing media on the deployment of South African troops to monitor the situation in Alexander on 21 April 2015. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the defence union's national secretary should be charged if he is found to be mobilising members against President Jacob Zuma.

The union has joined opposition parties and several dissenting voices calling for the president to step down in light of a damning Constitutional Court ruling against him.

WATCH: Maimane: ANC must choose between Zuma and Constitution.

Mapisa-Nqakula has lashed out at South African National Defence Union (Sandu)'s Pikkie Greeff for going against the commander in chief.

Sandu says Jacob Zuma should be removed as president and commander in chief of the armed forces in light of the Constitutional Court ruling that he flouted the Constitution over the Nkandla matter.

The defence minister, however, believes Greeff has gone too far.

"Whatever political crisis we might have... we need to find a political solution and if he is mobilising men and women in uniform, what it amount to is a coup detat and a coup detat will not be allowed in South Africa."

Mapisa-Nqakula has joined other ministers and senior ANC leaders in Cape Town for an extended national working committee meeting today.

The meeting comes a day before the president faces a fresh bid for impeachment.

LISTEN: Sandu says soldiers can join Zuma impeachment movement.


Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane last week said it was 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.

The DA filed a motion to have Zuma impeached shortly after the court found that he acted unlawfully when he ignored the Public Protector's findings on Nkandla.

The party leader said now that the president has been found guilty of breaching his oath of office, all those complicit should also be held accountable.

He said 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, Chief Whip John Steenhuisen argued that 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 added that Zuma simply paying back the money is not enough and Parliament should vote to have him impeached.