Zuma respects EFF, lobby group's court challenge

2015-08-08 11:28
President Jacob Zuma. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

President Jacob Zuma. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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WATCH: Malema confirms EFF Constitutional Court application lodged against Zuma over Nkandla

2015-08-07 09:34

The EFF is taking President Jacob Zuma to court in its bid to have him repay some of the money spent on his private Nkandla home, the party said on Thursday.WATCH

Johannesburg- The Presidency on Saturday said anyone who wanted to take President Jacob Zuma to court over the R17m settlement given to former National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana or upgrades at Nkandla, had the right to do so.

Acting presidential spokesperson, Bongani Majola said they had noted reports about certain organisations that wanted Zuma to face the courts over these matters.

"It should be noted that all South Africans have a right to seek relief from courts and President Jacob Zuma respects the rights of those who wish to go to court over any matter," Majola said in a statement. 

"The president will only comment on the merits of the cases at the right time in court and will therefore not engage on the matter in the media, in deference to the courts," he said. 

Earlier this week, Corruption Watch and Freedom Under Law approached the High Court in Pretoria to have the decision to remove Nxasana declared invalid and set aside.

Additionally, they also want to the see the appointment of Nxasana's replacement, Shaun Abrahams, set aside.

The groups said under section 96 of the Constitution, Zuma did not have the authority to make such a decision.

Nxasana left his position in June after receiving a R17.3m settlement. He served only 17 months of his 10-year contract.

An inquiry into his fitness to hold office had been scheduled, but was cancelled at the last minute. The inquiry was to have considered "certain facts", including that in the lead-up to his appointment by Zuma, he allegedly failed to reveal aspects of his past, which came to light during a security check after his appointment.

This included assault charges and a murder charge, of which Nxasana was acquitted on the grounds of self-defence. He was also reportedly involved in a traffic matter and was the subject of a complaint to the Law Society of KwaZulu-Natal.

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters confirmed that it would be taking Zuma to court in its bid to have him repay some of the millions spent on upgrades to his private Nkandla home. 

In Parliament on Thursday, EFF head Julius Malema questioned Zuma on when he would pay back the money but the president referred to the parliamentary process that is currently under way. 

Concluding the matter, Malema said: "It’s very clear we will never get an answer from the president, let’s meet in court." 

The EFF said it had taken the matter to the Constitutional Court.

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