CAPE TOWN, The South African Parliament has confirmed that an urgent meeting of its Rule sub-committee will be held on Thursday and Friday this week following a ruling of the Constitutional Court that the legislature acts as soon as possible to provide for procedures and processes to be followed in a motion to remove President Jacob Zuma from office.
Parliament Spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said here Sunday he was confident the process would not take long. The process had already started as part of the holistic overview of the rules and this is one aspect that had been hanging. In light of the court order, members of the sub-committee have been requested to return to Parliament for these two days to ensure that that task is completed, added Mothapo.
On Dec 29, 2017, the Constitutional Court ruled that Parliament had failed to hold President Jacob Zuma accountable following the court’s earlier ruling on a case involving the use of public funds to carry out improvements to the president’s private homstead in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal Province.
The case, brought to the court by an opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), was not about impeaching Zuma, but about how Parliament should scrutinize Zuma’s conduct after it was found that he had violated the Constitution.
The EFF and other parties brought the case in a bid to seek impeachment proceedings against the President over upgrades to his private home at Nkandla, which were found to be unconstitutional. This is on grounds that no action had been taken against Zuma after the Court ruling in March 2016 which found that the President failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK