EFF to present motion of no confidence in Zuma
EFF leader Julius Malema says if there is anything to learn from the state capture report, it is that Zuma can’t be trusted.
JOHANNESBURG – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party will present a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in Parliament and have vowed to approach the courts if this fails.
The party says it wants to ensure Zuma is removed from his office, saying he can’t be trusted to preside over the process of appointing a commission of inquiring into state capture.
Malema addressed supporters yesterday outside the Union Buildings after the report was released.
Malema says if there is anything to learn from the state capture report, it is that President Zuma can’t be trusted.
“This guy must now be removed from office because he’s not fit to occupy that office, because it requires a person with particular skills. So the man is deep into the pockets of the Guptas and the demand for him to go is justifiable.”
Malema says the process of appointing a commission of inquiry requires a clean president.
“You can’t say the same crew you’re investigating must be the one that appoints the people who are going to investigate him.”
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Madonsela has ordered the president to institute a judicial commission of inquiry within the next 30 days.
The report also implicates Cabinet ministers and parastatals.
Madonsela says the investigation has proven that due to the extent of the issues raised in the report, the Public Protector cannot execute the investigation fully due to lack of resources and has recommended that the president appoints a commission of inquiry within 30 days headed by a judge solely selected by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who shall provide one name to the president.
The National Treasury must ensure the commission is adequately resourced and the judge must be given the power to appoint his/her own staff to investigate all the issues using the record of this investigation and the report as a starting point.
The commission must also be given powers of evidence collection that are no less than that of the Public Protector.
Madonsela says the commission should give the president a report with findings and recommendations within 108 days.
The Presidency says President Zuma will consider the report, while the African National Congress says it will formally respond today.
Opposition parties have welcomed its release.
Read the Public Protector's full 'State of Capture' report below:
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)