The DA's year in review: From VBS Mutual Bank to Gigaba

The DA's year in review: From VBS Mutual Bank to Gigaba

The Democratic Alliance and its leader Mmudi Maimane has had numerous court battles in 2018 and has managed to achieve some impressive wins against the ANC as well as the EFF

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The countries leading opposition party is recognised for going to great measures to keep the ruling party in line.

The DA has taken countless officials to task to hold them accountable for their action, from legal bids to public protector investigations.

Here are the highlights from the DA’s year in court:

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Former president Jacob Zuma

A Gauteng High Court ruled that the ex-president Jacob Zuma should be held accountable for his legal fees for the numerous corruption charges facing him.

This followed the DA’s application preventing Zuma for using state funding to cover his ever-mounting legal costs.

The application had been filed by the DA, EFF and other opposition members to declare that the state should not be liable for Zuma’s legal fees.

The court also ruled that the DA’s legal costs should be covered by the ex-president.

Mmusi Maimane revealed that the party now aims to challenge state funding of Zuma’s fees for his appearance at the State Capture Inquiry.

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Former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

The DA laid charges of perjury against Malusi Gigaba after a Gauteng High Court found that he had lied under oath and consequently violated the constitution. He had been testifying in court during the Fireblade Aviation scandal.

The Public Protector had found that Gigabe had violated the executive ethics code after the matter had been brought forward by the DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen.

Minister of Women Bathabile Dlamini

The Democratic Alliance had launched a legal movement to see President Cyril Ramaphosa remove Bathabil Dlamini from the cabinet.

This had been done on the grounds that retaining her was indefensible after she had failed to disclose vital information to the Inquiry concerning the SASSA social grant matter

The party also wants the minister to be held accountable for the legal costs to challenge this bid from her own funds.

The Democratic Alliance had filed the application following the courts finding that the minister had lied under oath.

The Constitutional Court had passed judgement that Dlamini should be referred to the director of public prosecutions.

The Public Protector had said the the National Prosecuting Authority should determine if the minister should be charged for perjury.

The DA has requested that the president should cover the DA’s legal costs for this matter.

Mduduzi Manana

The DA has laid charges of corruption as well as extortion against ANC MP Mduduzi Manana following a voice recording of Manana attempting to extort his former domestic worker, Christine Wiro was released.

Wiro had accused the MP of assaulting her and pushing her down stairs. The voice clip alleged that Manana had offered her R100 000 to drop charges against him.

The party views this as an abuse of his position and putting the victim under financial pressure to avoid prosecution.

Manana had resigned as deputy minister after a video showed him assaulting a woman in a nightclub had been released in 2017.

VBS Mutual Bank scandal

The DA has laid charges against a staggering 50 people who had been implicated in the corruption at VBS Bank. Solly Malatsi from the DA said that several of the people implicated had ties to the ruling party as well as the EFF, including Floyd Shivambu’s brother and ex-president Jacob Zuma.

This followed the release of ‘The Great Bank Heist’ released by the Reserve Bank, a report detailing the collapse of the Bank.

The DA has opened cases against the EFF’s Julius Malema as well as Shivambu in regards to their implication in the looting.

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