Spokesman for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, said a major victory was scored this week, after the Constitutional Court ruling, which declared that the National Assembly had failed to make rules regulating the removal of a President in terms of section 89(1) of the Constitution.
The consensus is that Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete now has no choice but to institute impeachment proceedings against President Jacob Zuma, who has failed to uphold the Constitution.
The EFF has welcomed the Constitutional Court judgement but the hard work starts now, and that is ensuring that Parliament follows through on this process.
“It is important to note that the history of this case begins with the Nkandla judgment which found that Zuma violated his oath of office. This ruling, however, did not say whether the violation is a serious violation as it is required for an impeachment motion to be tabled in parliament,” said Ndlozi.
“On several occasions, the EFF asked the Speaker of Parliament to constitute impeachment proceedings to inquire whether Zuma’s conduct constituted a serious misconduct and a violation of the constitution and law. It is now a matter of public record that Baleka Mbete refused and the ANC did nothing about it to either protect the constitution or demand accountability,” added Ndlozi.
The accusation has been made that Mbete is among those who have been captured by external forces and that she is one of President Zuma’s gatekeepers. The onus is now on her to prove that she is not.
“Up to now, it is the EFF which ensured that Zuma is held accountable and pays back all the money unduly spent in the security upgrades of his private homestead in Nkandla. Following this, it is the EFF that ensured a secret ballot in the vote of no-confidence motion giving ANC MPs an opportunity to vote to take Zuma out of office using their consciences, still, a majority of them elected to side with him.
“Now again, it is the EFF that has ensured Zuma is going to be held accountable for violating his oath of office using an impeachment proceeding in terms of Section 89(1) of the constitution. In essence, it is the EFF that has been at the forefront defending our constitutional order from the assaults it has received from a corrupt president whilst the ANC has as been actively protecting him.”