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EFF: ConCourt must determine if Zuma's conduct is impeachable

The EFF says it wants the Constitutional Court to determine whether President Jacob Zuma’s conduct is impeachable.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it wants the Constitutional Court to determine whether President Jacob Zuma’s conduct is impeachable.

The opposition party along with the United Democratic Movement (UDM), Congress of the People (Cope) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have filed an application in a bid to have Zuma face impeachment proceedings in the National Assembly.

The EFF’s Tembeka Ngcukaitobi has argued that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, has failed to put in place all the appropriate processes and mechanisms to hold President Zuma accountable.

This follows Zuma’s failure to implement the Public Protector’s remedial action that he pays back the money for the upgrades to his Nkandla home.

Ngcukaitobi says they seek an order compelling the Speaker to convene a committee of Parliament to investigate the president’s conduct and determine whether he’s guilty of an offence which will warranty his removal.

The EFF says it’s disturbing that the speaker of the National Assembly continues to shift the responsibility of holding the executive accountable.

Ngcukaitobi says it’s up the National Assembly to scrutinize President Zuma’s conduct and hold him accountable.

“This court has already found, not in the directly applicable case but in the Nkandla as well as in the secret ballot case, that the obligation of holding the executive accountable resides with the National Assembly. And the Speaker is the chairperson of the National Assembly, so she must initiate the process.”

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng meanwhile has asked if a motion of impeachment was successful last year, would the EFF still be here today.

He’s implied that the party is here only to “kill” the president’s term of office, despite several motions of no confidence failing to do so.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)