Zuma impeachment ruling: Parliament‚ pull up your socks

FILE- South African President Jacob Zuma addresses delegates at the delayed start of the

ConCourt to rule on Zuma impeachment case on Friday

The ruling said parliament must now set out rules for impeachment proceedings, but it remains unclear whether this will lead to any impeachment.

"The assembly must put in place a mechanism that could be used for the removal of the president from office", Judge Chris Jafta said, handing down the judgment, which was supported by a majority of the court, and shown on live television.

This is why the court ordered parliament to start a process such as hearing or investigation under Section 89 to determine if the President should be removed for violating the Constitution or for serious misconduct within 180 days. "They must make a provision within the rules for that to happen", said Lawson Naidoo, the executive secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, an NGO.

"The federation also calls on the ANC to act decisively against its former president‚ to remove him as president of the country‚ and to appoint a new national director of public prosecutions‚ who will be able to open a case not only on the Nkandla issue but all the other charges of corruption which he [Zuma] faces".

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The ruling is the latest judicial setback for Zuma, who has faced widespread public demands to step down as president of Africa's most industrialized economy before an election in 2019. His deputy Cyril Ramaphosa replaced him as ANC leader in December, making him the front-runner to become the nation's next president.

Jaftha opened the court session by explaining that four judgments were individually prepared with two each holding a different view.

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In March previous year, the Constitutional Court had found President Zuma guilty of failing to uphold and respect the Constitution by refusing to pay back the money.

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The ANC says it will study the judgment and discuss it at its first NEC meeting next month.

Madonsela found that Zuma had derived undue benefit from the security upgrades at his home that spiralled to a cost of more than R200 million and eventually included a swimming pool, cattle kraal and amphitheatre, all added to Zuma's home at taxpayer's cost.

Opposition parties have argued that parliament has not done enough, given the gravity of the court's findings.

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