Opposition parties warn of looming corruption, more cover ups

EFF leader Julius Malema says the red berets won't allow last week's ConCourt ruling to be ignored.

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Screengrab.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties this afternoon warned of more corruption and cover ups to come if President Jacob Zuma remains president but Members of Parliament (MPs) from the ruling party have dismissed demands for his removal as "frivolous".

The National Assembly held a fiery debate on whether Zuma should be impeached in the wake of last week's Constitutional Court ruling which found that he failed to uphold, respect and defend the Constitution, when he ignored the public protector's Nkandla report.

The motion to impeach the president failed in Parliament this afternoon.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) James Selfe says the president and the National Assembly have been found seriously wanting.

"In the last week there have been two institutions that have come out tops and two that have failed miserably. The winners have been the Constitutional Court and the Public Protector. The losers have been the president and the National Assembly."

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says the red berets won't allow last week's ruling to be ignored.

"You want us to continue with 'business as usual'… the speaker of Parliament doesn't get removed, the president remains, the legal advisors remain even after that Constitutional Court [ruling]. No single individual has been held accountable."

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Opposition parties also questioned deputy speaker Leschesa Tsenoli's ruling that calling Zuma a "traitor" is "unparliamentary" with some accusing the African National Congress of institutionalising corruption.

As Agang's Andries Tlouamma launched his attack on the president, Tsenoli ruled against him.

"You can't said that, it's unparliamentary… traitor? No. withdraw it."

Tsenoli then had to agree to take this ruling to the rules committee after the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi asked why it was "suddenly unparliamentary".

Then the Pan Africanist Congress' Luthando Mbinda also took aim at the ruling party.

"We all know that corruption is institutionalised within the ANC and that is why we see people like Secretary General Gwede Mantashe running around like a headless chicken trying to protect his president."