SA court rules parliament failed to hold Zuma to account over scandal

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

The Constitutional Court ruled that the National Assembly failed to hold President Jacob Zuma accountable after the nkandla ruling. In October the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the National Prosecuting Authority to drop corruption charges against Zuma and ordered the president must face those charges in court.

The court ruled that parliament, where the ANC holds a commanding majority, needed to act within 180 days.

The court however reserved the judgment on any impeachment in September after the Economic Freedom Fighters, United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Congress of the People (Cope) parties approached it seeking a declaratory order to direct Parliament to consider President Zuma's conduct.

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"It is not about him anymore, it about the party trying to chart a new course without the divisiveness that the Zuma issue brings", he said.

It is not the first time Zuma has faced off with the court.

He has also been politically hobbled by a dismal economy that was hit by damaging ratings downgrades earlier this year after he sacked a respected finance minister.




"The ANC will study the judgment and discuss its full implications when the National Executive Committee meets on the 10th January 2018", the party said in a statement.

Madonsela found that Zuma had derived undue benefit from the security upgrades at his home that spiralled to a cost of more than R200 million and eventually included a swimming pool, cattle kraal and amphitheatre, all added to Zuma's home at taxpayer's cost.

A South African judge has ruled the country's legislature must now set out rules of impeachment for President Jacob Zuma.

The embattled leader has survived several no-confidence motions in parliament backed by the party members who constitute a majority.

Opposition parties have argued that parliament has not done enough, given the gravity of the court's findings.

Following failure by Mr Zuma to repay the state funds used on his rural home in KwaZulu Natal as had been recommended by an anti-corruption watchdog in 2014, opposition parties moved to court seeking ruling on impeachment of the president.

Earlier‚ the Constitutional Court ruled that the National Assembly had not held Zuma to account as required by the Constitution.

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