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ConCourt ruling on Zuma open to interpretation - Mbalula

The minister says the court’s finding that Zuma broke his oath of office doesn’t mean he has to resign.

FILE. Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Sports Minister and senior African National Congress (ANC) official Fikile Mbalula says the Constitutional Court finding that President Jacob Zuma broke his oath of office is open to interpretation and doesn't mean he has to resign.

There are growing calls for Zuma to step down.

On Friday, children of some party veterans wrote an open letter calling on the president to step down.

Mbalula says the ANC first needs to safeguard the party's unity.

But he adds the party will not undermine the rule of law.

"Acting inconsistent is not equal to meaning that you've broken the oath of office. It could have happened for various reasons that you can actually explain.

He says, "Let us not pretend that it is one-sided. It's not absolute, it is debatable."

The minister has offered his full support to the president.

Mbalula also believes the court has brought absolute clarity on the powers of the Public Protector and he says the issue has been resolved.

"This court has brought absolute clarity on the question of what needs to happen on the question of Nkandla in relation to payment or non-payment of the non-essential security upgrades."

The ANC has committed to meeting the party's stalwarts to discuss the way forward.