Courts rules on South Africa president's impeachment proceedings

Erica Roy
January 1, 2018

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 African National Congress has noted the judgment delivered by the Constitutional Court today in relation to the matter brought by a number of opposition parties for Parliament to institute impeachment proceedings against the President of the Republic of South Africa, Comrade Jacob Zuma", ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte said.

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

He said that they were informed on Thursday morning that the court would be sitting.

Though the ANC probably won't remove him from office because of the latest scandal, South Africa's opposition will ramp up pressure on Zuma and the ANC, which constantly grapples with corruption issues.

"We will ensure that the judgment of the court is fully implemented".

"This just adds to the existing pressures that Jacob Zuma is already laboring under, " Daniel Silke, director of Cape Town-based Political Futures Consultancy said by phone in Cape Town.

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The Constitutional Court judge said lawmakers "did not hold the president to account and must put in place a mechanism that could be used for the removal of the president from office", according to the UPI.

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

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

Zuma has since repaid 7.8 million rand (631,000 dollars), the sum determined by the Treasury as the "reasonable cost" he should bear, while also surviving a no-confidence motion in parliament where members of own his party voted to oust him.

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

The governing African National Congress tried to use its majority in Parliament to shield Zuma from liability, but the Constitutional Court ruled past year that he'd violated his oath of office by failing to comply with Madonsela's directive and ordered the Treasury to determine how much he owed.

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