ANC must learn from outcome of Nkandla judgment - Lekota

2016-03-31 11:19
Mosiuoa Lekota. (File, Die Burger)

Mosiuoa Lekota. (File, Die Burger)

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Johannesburg - Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota has said the ANC must learn that they cannot use their majority in Parliament to make provisions that are inconsistent with the country's Constitution.

"It doesn't matter how many majority you have in Parliament, if that majority is not consistent to the provisions of the Constitution, it is irrelevant," Lekota told reporters outside the Constitutional Court on Thursday in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

This was ahead of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s judgment on whether President Jacob Zuma should pay back a portion of the money spent on the upgrades following applications launched by the EFF and the DA.

The two parties wanted the court to rule on whether Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action, set out in her March 2014 report, Secure in Comfort, was binding.

"It's a very important judgment and I think the ruling party must learn from the outcome of this, that it does not matter by how many numbers they defeat the opposition, if they are not consistent with the Constitution it will go nowhere," he said.

Lekota said the court's judgment was very important for the country and its future.

"For South Africa it is a make or break."

He said South Africans needed to find a way to make sure that they put in government, political parties which understood the Constitution and were committed to implementing it in.

This would be in keeping with the oath of office that all members of Parliament took, he said.

"Frankly, South Africa cannot abandon the Constitution it adopted. This Constitution is the only reliable framework to take our country forward into a prosperous future."

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