Zuma did not violate oath of office - Presidency

2016-04-05 15:46
President Jacob Zuma (AFP)

President Jacob Zuma (AFP)

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Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court did not find that President Jacob Zuma had broken his oath of office, the Presidency said on Tuesday.

- READ: FULL TEXT: Presidency responds to media reports

"The Constitutional Court did not make such a declaratory order," spokesperson Bongani Majola said in a statement.

"In fact, whereas the counsel for the EFF, the applicant, specifically asked for the Constitutional Court to declare that the president had acted in violation of his oath of office, the Constitutional Court did not grant a declaratory order in those terms."

The presidency asked that the media "report accurately and use precise words" of the judgment on the matter so that it did not "mislead" the public.

Last week, the Constitutional Court ruled that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action regarding payment for the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

"The failure by the President to comply with the remedial action taken against him, by the Public Protector in her report of 19 March 2014, is inconsistent with section 83(b) of the Constitution read with sections 181(3) and 182(1)(c) of the Constitution and is invalid," the court said in its judgment.

It ruled that the National Assembly also failed to uphold the Constitution when it set aside Madonsela's report.

The National Assembly is expected to debate a motion to remove the president on Tuesday. Proceedings in the House have been adjourned so that Speaker Baleka Mbete could meet with political party chief whips after opposition parties called for her to recuse herself from the debate.

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