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Presidency ‘corrects’ media reports on ConCourt's Nkandla ruling

The Presidency says the reporting on this issue has not been correct and requests accurate reporting.

FILE: The Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency has now issued a statement in which it says it wants to correct media reports saying that the Constitutional Court found President Jacob Zuma had broken his oath office.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had specifically asked for a declaratory order from the court in which it would declare that the president had acted in violation of its oath of office.

The Presidency's Bongani Majola says the reporting on this issue has not been correct.

"The Presidency wishes to correct media reports wrongly stating that the judgment by the Constitutional Court found that President Jacob Zuma had broken his oath of office."

He goes on to say that the court did not declare the declaratory order in those terms.

But in their ruling, judges said the president failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

They also said that his failure to comply with the Public Protector's remedial action was inconsistent with the part of the Constitution that demands he "uphold and defend the Constitution".

The Presidency concluded by saying "[It] requests the media to report accurately and use the precise words of the Constitutional Court judgement on the matter in order not to mislead the public."

WATCH: President Zuma: I respect the ConCourt's Nkandla judgment

CONCOURT FINDING

On Thursday, judgment in the Constitutional Court found that Zuma's decision to ignore the Public Protector's Nkandla report was unlawful and directly violated the Constitution.

The Constitutional Court found that Zuma failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

He has been ordered to pay back the money spent on his private residence at Nkandla.

National Treasury has been given 60 days to determine a reasonable amount for Zuma to pay back. Zuma will then have 45 days to pay the final amount.

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