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George Bizos joins growing chorus calling for Zuma’s head

Bizos says Zuma may have received bad advice on Nkandla, but this does not absolve him.

George Bizos. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Human rights lawyer George Bizos has joined a chorus of high-profile South Africans who have called on President Jacob Zuma to resign.

Civil society organisations, former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, former Constitutional Court judge Zak Yacoob and others are calling on Zuma to resign following last week's landmark judgment.

The highest court in the land found that the president had violated the Constitution by ignoring the public protector's remedial action in connection with non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

Bizos says Zuma may have a small "gap" to rely on, in terms of how he handled the Nkandla saga, based on him receiving bad advice.

But adds this does not absolve him.

He agrees with many others who have called on Zuma to resign.

ZAMBIAN OPPOSITION: CONCOURT RULING ON NKANDLA WARNING FOR AFRICAN LEADERS

At the same time, a Zambian opposition leader has described the recent Constitutional Court ruling against President Jacob Zuma, as a warning to African leaders abusing power.

Yotam Mtayachalo is a former chairperson of the forum for democracy and development in the Copperbelt.

According to the Zambian Post, he says Zambians should be "very careful" of politicians who are splashing out on gifts ahead of the upcoming presidential elections in August.

The court found that Zuma failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution when he ignored the Public Protector's Nkandla findings.

Asked for his reaction on the ruling, Mtayachalo said, "Most African leaders abuse power, but always get away with it because of immunity".