DA will move to remove Zuma from office

By Drum Digital
04 December 2013

If it becomes clear that President Jacob Zuma has misled MPs over spending on his Nkandla residence, the DA will move to have him impeached.

If it becomes clear that President Jacob Zuma has misled MPs over spending on his Nkandla residence, the DA will move to have him impeached and removed from office.

"I absolutely will. Absolutely," Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko told reporters at Parliament on Wednesday.

She was responding to a question on what she would do if Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's yet-to-be-released report on the controversy over upgrades worth R206 million at Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal contained findings that he had misled Parliament.

Mazibuko said the Constitution enabled the impeachment of a president through a motion tabled in Parliament.

"It would require the putting together of an ad hoc committee to investigate whether or not the president deliberately misled the House. The critical word here is deliberately," she said.

In March Zuma told Parliament he was never informed about the costs of renovations to his homestead.

Mazibuko said she would have an opportunity, as the initial complainant, to read Madonsela's report in January. She would also have an opportunity to make an input to the final document.

Once this was tabled, "if it becomes clear that the president did deliberately mislead the House, then I will certainly move an impeachment against him".

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