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SACP: ConCourt’s decision on Nkandla a turning point

The party said it believed the Nkandla issue was a factor for the ANC in the recent municipal polls.

FILE: A group of about 30 journalists was taken on a guided tour through President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead on 26 July 2015. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party ( SACP) now says it believes that the Constitutional Court's ruling on Nkandla was a turning point that led to many voters deciding not to cast their ballots in favour of the African National Congress (ANC) during last week's local elections.

Yesterday the party said it believed the Nkandla issue was a factor in the polls after President Jacob Zuma was found to have broken his oath to uphold the Constitution by refusing to implement the Public Protector's remedial action over his home upgrades.

But the ANC has always said Nkandla was an issue during the 2014 elections and didn't have an impact on those polls.

SACP second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila says it's clear the Constitutional Court ruling earlier this year was a key moment.

"I think that's where we lost it because when the Constitutional Court reaffirmed this position, the ANC, that is leading society, should have actually entered the fray."

Mapaila adds it's then that some action should have been taken.

"It actually spoke to the ethical question, the ethical questions which could lead people to deduce whether corrupt or not corrupt.

"And I think it is where the movement, broadly all of us, were found wanting."

But Mapaila is also careful to say the court did not find Zuma guilty of corruption.

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