Maimane: Zuma violating Constitution

2015-02-11 14:04
Mmusi Maimane (File, News24)

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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma is violating the Constitution by failing to account to Parliament on the spending at Nkandla, DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has told News24.

Speaking in News24’s studio, Maimane said if one was a president who was “trying to avoid responsibility” one would never show up in Parliament to answer questions.

“The Constitution of the republic makes it crystal clear that in fact you need to be... the clause in the Constitution says the president and his Cabinet are accountable to Parliament,” said Maimane.

“Therefore his failure to come and account is a violation of the Constitution.”

 In November last year, Maimane tabled a notice of motion in the National Assembly asking MPs to censure Zuma, reported Sapa.

“Rule 111(1)(a) requires the president to appear before the House at least once every term to answer questions from members of Parliament," Maimane said in his written notice of motion.

"The president has failed to abide by this rule of his own accord and must, therefore, now be mandated to do so."

Maimane wanted Zuma to be ordered to appear before Parliament to answer questions from MPs, and to be sanctioned.

"The time has now come for Parliament to assert its constitutional authority," said Maimane.

"We can no longer tiptoe around the president and must mandate him to account to Parliament through a resolution of the House."

Watch the video of Maimane speaking to News24:

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