Parliament failed to hold President Zuma accountable – Constitutional Court

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Constitutional Court, South Africa
Constitutional Court, South Africa

South Africa, the highest court in the land, Constitutional court ruled – the National Assembly “Parliament” has failed to hold President Jacob Zuma accountable.

The Constitutional Court ruled on Friday that parliament failed to hold President Zuma to account over the Nkandla upgrade scandal which relate to the misuse of the state funds by executive.

“We conclude that the assembly did not hold the president to account … The assembly must put in place a mechanism that could be used for the removal of the president from office,” Judge Chris Jafta said, handing down the judgment.

“Properly interpreted, Section 89 implicitly imposes an obligation on the assembly to make rules specially tailored for the removal of the president from office.

“By omitting to include such rules, the assembly has failed to fulfill this obligation.”

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and COPE had taken the issue to the Constitutional Court.

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