ConCourt’s Nkandla judgment should strengthen SA democracy - Cosatu

2016-03-31 18:21
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Johannesburg – The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Thursday said the Constitutional Court judgment on President Jacob Zuma was significant for the country's democracy.

It had also helped to shed some light on the contentious issue of the separation of powers, it said in a statement after the court ordered Zuma to comply with the remedial actions of the Public Protector on the Nkandla security upgrades. 

"Going forward, this should also help strengthen our democracy and assist the nation to navigate future challenges," said Cosatu national spokesperson Sizwe Pamla.

Pamla said this decision also confirmed the president’s commitment to repay some of the money spent on Nkandla upgrades.

Study judgment

The ANC's other alliance partner, the SA Communist Party (SACP), said its political bureau had convened its ordinary plenary session for April 1 and would study the judgment in detail before commenting on it.

The Inkatha Freedom Party said the judgment handed down had ended an inordinately costly two-year process of going back and forth, in which the ruling party had sought to use its parliamentary majority to protect the patently unlawful actions of its president. 

"The Chief Justice has given us cause for hope this morning. The judgment of the Constitutional Court is more far-reaching than many of the experts thought it would be, and for that we are grateful," IFP chief whip Narend Singh said in a statement.

He said the only rational response from the ANC would be to ask Zuma to step down.

"He who pays the piper calls the tune. Now the chickens have come home to roost," Singh said.

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