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Opposition parties meet to 'strategise' ahead of impeachment debate

The parties are looking to have President Jacob Zuma removed from office for violating the Constitution.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The leaders of South Africa's major opposition political parties will meet tomorrow ahead of an impeachment debate in Parliament.

They are looking to have President Jacob Zuma removed from office for violating the Constitution, which - if successful - would strip him of any benefits when he leaves.

Last week, the Constitutional Court found the president did not uphold, defend and respect the Constitution when he failed to comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action.

Madonsela directed the president to pay back a reasonable portion of the money spent on his private home in Nkandla.

In a show of unity, leading opposition players in South Africa's political landscape will meet just hours before the impeachment debate to strategise.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says, "South Africans, who are Constitution loving people, are at one on this. I have been speaking to other leaders; we are in complete agreement that it's Zuma or the Constitution."

Meanwhile, the African National Congress is likely to close ranks to avoid playing into the hands of the opposition.

The governing party is holding an extended National Working Committee meeting in Cape Town this afternoon to discuss the Constitutional Court judgment.

WATCH: ANC must choose between Zuma and the Constitution

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