Yadhana Jadoo and Amanda Watson
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31 Mar 2016
10:04 am

‘Zuma failed to uphold constitution’, must pay back the money

Yadhana Jadoo and Amanda Watson

The DA have moved to impeach President Zuma following the Constitutional Court's ruling against him.

Constitutional Court justices. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The Constitutional Court found against President Jacob Zuma in the Nkandla matter on Thursday, ruling that he breached the Constitution by failing to heed Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on improvements to his private home, and should reimburse the state an amount to be determined by National Treasury.

Moments after the Chief Justice’s damning judgement against President Jacob Zuma, the DA and their leader Mmusi Maimane moved to impeach the president in terms of section 89 (1) of the constitution.



Political figures have begun arriving at the Constitutional Court for judgement in the case against President Jacob Zuma over R246 million in upgrades made to his Nkandla homestead will be handed down on Thursday.

Present at court included DA leader Mmusi Maimane, DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa and EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga was also seen in court prior to proceedings, while former Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota have also arrived.

The EFF and DA took Zuma to court  following the his failure to implement remedial actions contained within Public Protec4tor Thuli Madonsela’s report Secure in Comfort into security upgrades at Nkandla.

She stipulated that Zuma and his family unduly benefited from the upgrades and instructed that he pay back a portion of the money.

Prior to the court case in an apparent U-turn, Zuma then proposed that an amount be determined for him to pay.

During the court case on February 9, Zuma’s counsel conceded that the Public Protector’s findings were binding.