President's removal would not play out in public - expert

2016-03-31 15:00
President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: GCIS)

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Cape Town - It is highly unlikely that impeachment proceedings will be brought against President Jacob Zuma in Parliament, an expert told News24 on Thursday.

If Zuma had lost the confidence of his own party, the ANC would find an internal mechanism to remove him, said Lawson Naidoo, executive secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution.

“It is not something that will play out in public in the National Assembly. If the ANC decides it is time to remove the president, it will do so.”

In its ruling on the Nkandla matter on Thursday, the Constitutional Court did not say anything about impeachment. Naidoo said he had not expected the court to say anything about this.

It was up to the National Assembly to appoint a president or remove one by a vote of no confidence or by impeachment.

The differentiating factor, he said, was that impeachment followed a finding of serious misconduct, or a serious violation of the Constitution or the law.

“It is a prohibitive sanction in that if the president is removed from office through a process of impeachment, he or she will no longer be entitled to the benefits of that office: no pension, no other perks, after leaving office,” Naidoo said.

“It is really a punitive sanction and a decision that only Parliament can take.”

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