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
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.