Jean-Jacques Cornish

Constitutional Court issued damning judgment that President Jacob Zuma flouted the constitution

There have been calls for the impeachment of President Jacob Zuma and the dissolution of Parliament after South Africa’s highest court found that both had flouted the constitution  by using public funds on a 15-million euro upgrade to his private residence.

The Constitutional Court ordered Zuma to repay the money spent on non-security improvements.

His office says he’ll reflect on the judgment and consulting with the parties invovled

The ruling African National Congress says it notes and respects the court’s decision

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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogeong’a damning verdict is another body blow to the beleaguered South African president.

His rebuke comes as Zuma fights back against separate allegations that a wealthy Indian family has influenced ministerial appointments in a scandal that has rocked his government.

The Economic Freedom Fighters, who brought the action, is calling it a vindication of its pay back the money campaign.

EFF leader Julius Malema calls on the ANC to do the right thing and recall the president.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimani says  Zuma’s action amounts to a serious violation of the Constitution,

He says the party’s  officially begun the process to impeach Zuma.

The ANC is likely to see this off because it has 59 percent of parliamentary seats.

However,  opposition parties hope today’s  (Thursday’s )ruling will buoy their performance in local elections expected in May.

Former Trade Union Confederation leader Zwelinzima Vavi says the people must take to the streets to ensure Zuma’s departure.

Bantu Holomisa, heading the United Democratic Movement says the ANC must remove Zuma as a football  coach would ensure a red-carded player left the field without delay.

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.