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DA files application to intervene in EFF's case to impeach Zuma

The DA has filed a Constitutional Court application to intervene in the EFF’s impeachment case against President Jacob Zuma.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has filed a Constitutional Court application to intervene in the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)’s impeachment case against President Jacob Zuma.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the Congress of the People (Cope) are already backing the case to force Speaker Baleka Mbete to initiate impeachment proceedings against Zuma for his conduct related to the Nkandla scandal.

The DA says it believes it can provide new evidence that can assist the court.

In March, the EFF initiated impeachment proceedings after the Constitutional Court found Zuma did not uphold the Constitution when he failed to implement the Public Protector’s remedial action that he repays some of the money spent on security upgrades at his Nkandla home.

The DA says after reviewing the arguments made by the other applicants in the EFF case, it can provide new information.

It’s now applied to the Constitutional Court to make written submissions and oral argument before the matter is heard on 5 September.

The case is but one attempt to remove Zuma from office.

The National Assembly is expected to vote on a motion of no confidence in him on 8 August.

The DA says it believes it has further evidence that can advance the EFF’s impeachment case against Zuma.

Chairperson of the DA’s federal executive, James Selfe, says the matter presents an opportunity for the court to provide clear guidelines on impeachment proceedings.

“There needs to be some preliminary investigation, procedures that are laid down in the law or in the rules of the National Assembly. So as to enable the president, in this case, to defend himself and produce evidence before the matter proceeds to a vote by the National Assembly.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)