South Africa 8.1.2018 09:11 am

Parliament to consider procedures to impeach president

It was demonstrated last year when the Constitutional Court ruled that president Jacob Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he didn’t adhere to the Public Protector’s ruling. Picture: Gallo images

It was demonstrated last year when the Constitutional Court ruled that president Jacob Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he didn’t adhere to the Public Protector’s ruling. Picture: Gallo images

The National Assembly’s subcommittee on review of rules will this week deliberate on a draft procedure for implementing a section of the Constitution relating to the removal of the president.

This followed the Constitutional Court’s judgment handed down on December 29, 2017 that the National Assembly had failed to put in place proper rules regulating a procedure for section 89(1) of the Constitution. The court ordered the Assembly to make such rules without delay, parliament said in a statement.

In keeping with the Assembly’s commitment to comply fully with the Constitutional Court’s majority judgment, MPs serving on the rules subcommittee had been notified of the forthcoming meetings on Wednesday and Thursday and supplied with documents to be considered there.

The documents included a draft procedure drawn up in April 2016 but not finalised, and a comparative study compiled in 2015 about impeachment proceedings of seven other parliaments on the removal of a head of state.

The draft procedure, once finalised by the subcommittee, would need to be adopted by the National Assembly as part of the Assembly’s rules, parliament said.
– African News Agency (ANA)

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