Zuma continues to defy Constitution on Public Protector's powers - EFF

2016-11-24 19:07
President Jacob Zuma (Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)

President Jacob Zuma (Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - The EFF on Thursday condemned President Jacob Zuma for statements he made during Wednesday's question-and-answer session in Parliament on the Public Protector's remedial powers.

Zuma was incorrect when he claimed that "no one, no matter what position they hold, can instruct the president to establish a commission, and even tell the process through which you must go", spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.

"Zuma said this without even grounding it in law or entertaining the grounds upon which Advocate Thuli Madonsela, as former Public Protector, made the proposal," Ndlozi said.

"We want to guarantee him that we are not going to allow him in his continuation to undermine the Constitution of the Republic."

If Zuma was not happy with the remedial action recommended by the Public Protector he should challenge it through a court process, Ndlozi said.

"The remedial action of the Public Protector can only be reviewed through a judicial process, otherwise, [the recommendations] apply and must be implemented."

Madonsela's final report as Public Protector instructed Zuma to set up a judicial process to investigate "state capture" fully and for its chairperson to be selected by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

EFF ready to 'embarrass' Zuma

Zuma on Wednesday insisted he had not mislead anyone in the build-up to the release of the State of Capture report, News24 reported.

"That report was done in a funny way, no fairness at all. You heard me telling my story, how I was treated in the process of this report," he said.

He said, in his view, the report affected him and many others. "We would want that work to be done properly. And that's why we are working on it. I can't then jump when I have these views to establish a commission."

The EFF boycotted the question-and-answer session.

Ndlozi said the party was ready to "embarrass" Zuma again through the courts, as it did during the Nkandla saga, if he did not follow Madonsela's recommendations.

"As an illegitimate president, a declared constitutional fugitive and delinquent, we are on guard to make sure he does not escape the State of Capture report remedial action."

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