The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) says it’ll be difficult for the African National Congress (ANC) to use President Jacob Zuma’s face to campaign for the upcoming local government election in the wake of Thursday’s Constitutional Court judgement.
Thursday’s Concourt ruling found that President Jacob Zuma was in breach of the Constitution in his handling of the Public Protector’s remedial findings on his Nkandla residence.
Gauteng IFP Chairperson, Bonginkosi Dhlamini says: “Therefore it is a challenge for the ANC leadership that how do they deal with President Zuma who does not respect the constitution and the country. Therefore it will be an insult to Gauteng voters in particular, and South Africans as a whole for the ANC to use Jacob Zuma’s face for these upcoming local government and for the mood on the ground. People are ready for an alternative and the IFP is one of them in Gauteng.”
Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has rubbished President Jacob Zuma’s contention that he never
meant to violate the Constitution.
Maimane was reacting to President Zuma’s statement to the nation in which the President said he welcomed the judgment of the Constitutional Court.
Maimane says the push to impeach Zuma must go ahead.
“Even though the President could have been following wrong legal advice and therefore acting in good faith, it does not detract from the illegality of his conduct and also it is inconsistent with his constitutional obligation; the President cannot get up in a public platform and mislead the people of this country. I as a South African was deeply disappointed in the President; I thought he would do an honourable thing but he is incapable of doing that and ultimately we still maintain that Jacob Zuma in this instance must be impeached.”
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