S.African parliament 'failed' to hold Zuma to account

  • S.African parliament 'failed' to hold Zuma to account

S.African parliament 'failed' to hold Zuma to account

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) welcomes the Constitutional Court judgement based on the case brought for a declaratory order to force Parliament to hold the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, to account.

Opposition parties had gone to the Constitutional Court to argue that the speaker of parliament failed to enforce the appropriate processes to censure Zuma over the scandal.

It ordered that the National Assembly "must comply" with the constitution and make rules that could be used for the removal of the president "without delay".

They also sought an order compelling Mbete to establish a committee, or any independent body, to investigate Zuma's conduct and determine whether he is guilty of any offence.

We conclude that the assembly did not hold the president to account.

Madonsela issued a report three years ago in which she stated that the millions that went into upgrading Zuma's Nkandla homestead had not all been rightfully used.

Zuma, 75, has been accused of using $15 million in state funds to upgrade his home.

Saftu urged the National Assembly to take action following the court's ruling.

President Zuma looks on as delegates raise concerns during the nominations process at the ANC's national conference on 17 December 2017. 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 ruling said parliament must now set out rules for impeachment proceedings, but it remains unclear whether this will lead to any impeachment.

"Saftu however warns that Zuma must not be singled out as the only culprit in these matters". His deputy Cyril Ramaphosa replaced him as ANC leader in December, making him the front-runner to become the nation's next president.

The ANC says it will study the judgment and discuss it at its first NEC meeting next month.

The ruling is the latest judicial setback for the scandal-plagued Zuma, who has faced widespread public demands to step down as president of Africa's most industrialized economy before a general election in 2019.

The investigation into Zuma included allegations the leader took more than $300,000 in bribes from arms dealers.