South Africa: Nkandla Judgment – the Mastery of the Concourt v the Invincibility of Jacob Zuma

Has destiny finally caught up with the consummate Teflon Man? Many words have been tossed about in the wake of Thursday's devastating Constitutional Court judgment on the Public Protector's report on Nkandla. Recall, impeach, remove, resign - all considered possibilities now that the highest court in the land found that President Jacob Zuma's conduct was illegal and in violation of the Constitution. But Zuma will not simply surrender. He is still holding an ace card and could drag the ANC down with him. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

President Jacob Zuma has to "pay back the money". After a protracted battle over the Public Protector's Nkandla report, Zuma has to comply with Thuli Madonsela's prescribed remedial action that a reasonable percentage of the cost of non-security upgrades at the president's Nkandla home be paid back to the state.

This is the least contentious issue emerging from the unanimous judgment by 11 Constitutional Court judges on Thursday, as the president's legal team had already conceded during the hearing in February that the Public Protector's findings were binding and therefore Zuma would have to reimburse the state.

The application was brought by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and later the Democratic Alliance (DA) for...

Source: All Africa

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