Declare Zuma’s conduct unlawful: EFF

The Economic Freedom Fighters still wants the Constitutional Court to declare the conduct of President Jacob Zuma and Parliament unlawful.

This relates to their handling of the Public Protector’s report where she recommended that the President pay back the money for non-security related features at his Nkandla home.

Wrapping up his arguments EFF’s lawyer, Wim Trengove, told the court that it must rule on the violation of the constitution by the President.

“We have a President and a National Assembly, who have treated the Public Protector with disrespect for nearly two years in violation of the constitution. Then, simply to say, ‘But I will pay back the money’ is not enough. That is why the EFF has always claimed and still claims declaratory orders.”

Malema says that the party is happy that several arguments in the Constitutional Court agree that reversing the work of the Public Protector undermines the constitution.

This after President Jacob Zuma conceded that he was wrong in believing that the Public Protector’s remedial action was a mere recommendation. The President’s lawyers say he changed his mind following a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that affirmed the powers of Thuli Madonsela in the case of SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Malema says, “Today everybody says that all those reports are meaningless – exactly what we said before the Constitutional Court, that it is wrong to participate in a process that seeks to reverse the work of the Public Protector because by doing that you are undermining the constitution. We are happy everyone agrees here today. The President violated the constitution by not implementing the remedial actions of the Public Protector, which are binding constitutionally, and there is no debate about that.”



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