Opposition wants free, fair inquiry into Zuma's conduct over Nkandla scandal

The Economic Freedom Fighters brought an application to the Constitutional Court in a bid to have Zuma face impeachment proceedings in the National Assembly.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties, the Congress of the People and the United Democratic Movement have argued that an impeachment process against the president would be unconstitutional, only in the absence of a proper inquiry.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing the parties, has argued that they want a free and fair inquiry into President Jacob Zuma's conduct, over the Nkandla scandal.

The Economic Freedom Fighters brought an application to the Constitutional Court in a bid to have Zuma face impeachment proceedings in the National Assembly.

Mpofu says this cannot happen without questions being asked and an investigation into the seriousness of the misconduct.

“To impeach on the basis of misconduct, of doing something wrong, as unlike the motion of no confidence situation, you cannot escape the fact finding stage of inquiring into whether on not this has happened or this has not happened. It’s inescapable.”

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The Democratic Alliance has joined other opposition parties in calling for an inquiry into Zuma's conduct in relation to the Nkandla case.

The EFF, UDM and Cope have approached the constitutional court in a bid to have Zuma face impeachment processes.

The parties have argued that Zuma failed to implement the public protector's remedial action, which ordered him to pay back some of the money for the upgrades to his Nkandla home.

They've also argued that the National Assembly has failed to hold Zuma accountable and want the court to compel speaker Baleka Mbete to convene a committee of Parliament to determine if the president is guilty of an offence.

Advocate Stephen Budlender who's representing the DA has emphasised the need for this inquiry ahead of an impeachment process.

“When the National Assembly has to determine whether a president has been engaged in a serious violation, they are engaged in a determination of whether the president has engaged in a blame worthy or culpable violation of the bill of rights. And it’s my submission that in order to do that, barring some extraordinary circumstance, there is necessary to be a trial and a hearing.”

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