THIS WEEK: South Africa’s parliament reviews Zuma’s impeachment process
Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Assembly of South Africa has started the process to impeach President Jacob Zuma after the constitutional court ordered in December that they come up with rules to allow for impeachment after the same court ruled that the assembly had failed to hold the president to account over using government funds to furnish his personal residence at Nkandla in KwaZulu Natal province.
In a Jan.07 notice, the assembly indicated that they would on January 10 and 11 deliberate on the procedure for impeachment after which their reports will be shared with the national assembly for adoption.
Court had last year found the president guilty of misconduct after the refused to pay back public funds he had spent upgrading his home.
The court cited section 89 of the country’s constitution that provides for the president to be removed if found guilty of misconduct or violation of the law, if two thirds of the members of the national assembly are in agreement.
Parliament has previously tried impeaching the president but has always been saved by his majority African National Congress party when votes are cast.
To observers, Zuma might find trouble sailing through parliament this time now that the leadership of his party has changed following Cyril Ramaphosa’s win in December.