DA braves Nkandla to charge Zuma

2014-03-21 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance would stop at nothing to hold the president accountable even if its efforts to impeach him were likely to be foiled.

“We will not anticipate defeat and we will not be weakened by the fact that we anticipate being defeated,” said DA federal chairperson Wilmot James in Nkandla yesterday. “So, we will put every effort to hold President Jacob Zuma to account for what has happened here and for what his government has been complicit of. The fact that we will probably not win at the end unless something happens is not the reason to let go of the issue,”

James was speaking after the party laid eight criminal charges under the Combating and Prevention of Corrupt Activities Act, as well as the Public Protector Act at Nkandla’s satellite police station.

National spokesperson Mmusi Mai­mane said the charges were in addition to over 700 counts that were put to Zuma before he became president.

“Let us not forget, this is a president that was dismissed as deputy president under the leadership of President Thabo Mbeki,” Maimane told journalists.

“If we allow this to continue in any manner, we render the State to be captured by few individuals and hinder our developmental objectives,” he said.

He also said the law stated that no individual could benefit materially as a result of public office and that Zuma has breached the code of ethics.

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