Former President Thabo Mbeki has weighed in on the damning Constitutional Court findings, calling on parliament to regularly make an assessment of whether the elected president is carrying out his constitutional responsibilities.
The court ruled that President Jacob Zuma had “failed to uphold, defend and respect” the constitution by not adhering to the remedial actions set by the public protector about the non-security upgrades at his private homestead in Nkandla.
Mbeki, in the latest of his series of letters published on his institute’s website today, said parliament must take all necessary measures to satisfy itself that the person it elects is capable of and is committed to this discharge of their Constitutional responsibilities in the constitutional democracy.
“Whatever political party/s present candidates to parliament for election to the post of president of the republic, they must satisfy themselves that such candidate/s have the capacity to discharge their constitutional responsibilities in our constitutional democracy,” Mbeki wrote.
“Subsequently, in honouring its oversight responsibilities over the executive, parliament should regularly make an assessment of whether the elected president is indeed carrying out his/her constitutional responsibilities.
“Government and the state should ensure that the president is provided with the ways and means to empower her/him effectively to discharge the said constitutional responsibilities.”
Mbeki said the practice of constitutional democracy means recognition of the constitution as the supreme law of the land.
“It therefore stands to reason that when all of us decided to establish a constitutional democracy, we accepted and committed ourselves to respect the legal, political and ethical obligations which attend strategic decision about our system of governance.”
Read the full letter bellow: