Nkandla ruling a 'critical contribution' to SA's democracy - Mbeki

The former president has published a 4,000-word essay on the ‘deeper’ significance of the ConCourt ruling.

Former President Thabo Mbeki. Picture: Seyllou Diallo/AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Former President Thabo Mbeki says the Constitutional Court's ruling on Nkandla is a 'critical contribution' to the evolution of South Africa's democracy.

The latest of Mbeki's essays deals with what he calls the 'wider and deeper' significance of the ruling.

That judgment, delivered more than a week ago, reaffirmed the powers of the Public Protector and confirmed that President Jacob Zuma broke his oath of office by failing to uphold the Constitution.

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Mbeki's latest letter, published on his Facebook page this morning, is almost 4,000 words long and quotes the Constitutional Court's judgment at length.

At times, entire pages are devoted to quoting the landmark ruling which has been followed by calls for Zuma to step down.

Mbeki says that a failure to observe the fundamental values of South Africa's Constitution threatens the survival of the country's democracy.

But he adds South Africa's democracy is young and will inevitably make mistakes along the way.

Mbeki spells out what he believes are the responsibilities that fall upon a president, Parliament and citizens, and he speaks about accountability and the need to honour public office.

The former president says the Public Protector's office should receive enough funding to conduct what he describes as "important work".

He adds government officials should be taught about the responsibilities of the Chapter Nine institution and how to support it.

He warns that failure to observe the fundamental values of the Constitution threatens South Africa's democracy and amounts to a counter-revolutionary act.

Mbeki steers clear of talking to the president directly, or making any call for him to step down or be recalled by his party.

To read former president Thabo Mbeki's essay on the Nkandla ruling, _ click here._