- The EFF wants Parliament to begin drawing up rules to impeach Zuma as soon as possible
- Other political parties have welcomed the court ruling
- SADTU has warned that Zuma is no the only guilty party
The EFF has said that it is looking forward to Parliament developing the necessary rules required to impeach President Jacob Zuma. This comes after the Constitutional Court ruled that the National Assembly must begin drawing up rules to begin the process of impeaching Zuma.
"The constitutional delinquent, Mr Zuma, in no time will be scrutinised, will be brought before Parliament to be [held] accountable, because his own political party has actually failed to hold him accountable, and we can't wait [another] day longer," the Economic Freedom Fighters general secretary Godrich Gardee said.
Gardee wants to start as soon as possible and hopes to be in Parliament at least 30 days before the State of the Nation Address.
The ANC has said that it would discuss the court ruling during its next NEC meeting on 10 January 2018. There has been increased pressure on Zuma step down since Cyril Ramaphosa replaced Zuma as president of the ANC.
The DA has accused the ANC of capturing Parliament for the sole purpose of protecting the executive, particularly Jacob Zuma. The party called for Parliament to decide of Baleka Mbete is still fit to be the Speaker of Parliament in light of the damning court judgments against her.
"It is now the task of Parliament to ensure that the rules governing impeachment do not fall victim to another farcical ANC process in which majoritarian tactics are used to bully the Rules Committee into devising rules designed to absolve Jacob Zuma.
"The rules devised by the Rules Committee must be constitutionally compliant and the process must be imbued with constitutionality. Accordingly, we request that the Speaker comply with the order of the highest court in South Africa and do the honourable thing – accede to our requests and set Parliament back on course to fulfil its constitutional mandate," DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.
Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said that: What we have achieved today has been to expose the fact that the National Assembly, led by the Speaker, tried to collaborate with President Zuma by hiding and protecting him," he commented.
"Now the court has found that they failed in their duty, they broke their oath of office for the second time because they should have developed the procedure urgently thereafter to enable us to hold the president accountable.
"By protecting him they have shown themselves to have failed the mandate of the people."
The SA Federation of Trade Unions warned that Zuma was not the only guilty party and that the other's who had been implicated in state capture and the looting of SOE's must be brought to book.
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