ANC should learn from ConCourt ruling – Lekota

2016-03-31 14:39

Johannesburg – Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota hopes the ANC will learn from the Constitutional Court ruling on the Nkandla matter and comply with the Constitution.

“It is a very important judgment and I think the ruling party would learn much from the outcome of this. South Africa cannot abandon the Constitution. That Constitution is the only reliable thing to take our country forward,” he said outside the court on Thursday morning.

Democracy would not survive if the majority party did not adhere to the provisions of the Constitution.

President Jacob Zuma was no longer qualified to stand before the nation and deliver a State of the Nation address because he had ''already broken his oath of office’’, he said.

The court found Zuma and the National Assembly disregarded the Constitution by failing to comply with the Public Protector's remedial action on the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

"The president failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution,” Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said in the unanimous judgment.

The court gave National Treasury 60 days to determine the amount Zuma should repay for those upgrades to Nkandla not needed for his security, namely the swimming pool, chicken run, cattle kraal, amphitheatre, and visitors' centre. Zuma had 45 days after that to pay up. 

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