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Zuma may be subjected to a disciplinary hearing

Part of what Baleka Mbete has to look at is whether Parliament can legally discipline the president.

FILE: A screen grab of President Jacob Zuma and parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete . Picture: YouTube.

CAPE TOWN - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete is considering an opposition party proposal that President Jacob Zuma be subjected to a disciplinary hearing.

But part of what she has to look at is whether Parliament can legally discipline the president, who ceased to be a Member of Parliament (MP) when he took office.

Mbete today met with political parties to discuss the implications of the Constitutional Court's Nkandla judgment.

The court found that both the president and the National Assembly breached the Constitution in the way they dealt with the Nkandla spending debacle.

The Speaker has a lot to think about after meeting with political parties for more than two hours this morning.

"A point was also raised that the rules do apply to him when he is in the House, so these are all the issues we are applying our minds to."

Economic Freedom Fighters Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu says his party has been promised a comprehensive response from the Speaker.

The Democratic Alliance's John Steenhuisen says MPs must probe whether the president and his Cabinet ministers misled Parliament on the Nkandla matter.

"Parliament cannot credibly say we hold an executive accountable if the head of the executive can come to Parliament and say things that are misleading and untrue and expect the legislature to just lap it up."

Most parties agreed that not only Zuma, but the ministers who reported to the legislature on Nkandla, should be held accountable for the way the issue was dealt with.

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