Zuma's apology came from the heart - Mthembu

2016-04-05 20:18
Jackson Mthembu (File: Beeld)

Jackson Mthembu (File: Beeld)

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Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma's apology came from the heart, ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said on Tuesday.

This after a bid to have Zuma removed from office failed in Parliament.

Mthembu said the fact that Zuma stood in front of the nation and said he could have done better showed remorse.

On Friday, Zuma said he unreservedly accepted the Constitutional Court's judgment.

He said he had not deliberately violated the Constitution and never meant any disrespect to Madonsela's office.

The court last week ruled that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action regarding the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

Madonsela had ruled that Zuma had to pay back a portion of the money spent on his Nkandla homestead.

Mthembu said he believed Zuma was sincere.

"I'm Christian and I believe in forgiveness."

Mthembu said Parliament would ensure that the court's findings were implemented timeously.

"Indeed he must pay. There is no ambiguity."

He said parties would still meet to discuss how the Constitutional Court judgment could make them do their jobs better.

"Parliament has to relook at itself critically at how do we do things better."

Damage to party

Mthembu said the entire debacle had damaged the party.

They would be going down to the party's ground level to explain what happened.

"This is what we will do as members of parliament and leaders of the ANC. We need to be one with all our structures on the ground, to bring the matter to rest. I can tell you, we still have a lot to do going to our branches, on the impact of the Constitutional [Court] judgement," he said.

Read more on:    anc  |  jackson mthembu  |  jacob zuma  |  nkandla upgrade  |  parliament 2016

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