Court Forces Jacob Zuma Of South Africa To Repay US$16 million


“If I were him I would be drafting a resignation letter”. But this would still be the first attempt anywhere in Africa to remove a president by this method since 2003.Technically, he could only be recalled as party leader by a special congress and that seems unlikely at this point, unless he decides to take some other action.The ANC previously sacked – or “recalled” – a sitting president, Thabo Mbeki, in 2008.NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, reporting from Dakar, Senegal, told our Newscast unit that now, “the main opposition leader, Mmusi Maimane, says Zuma must be impeached”.The uncompromising nature of the verdict – Mogoeng described it as a “profound lesson” for South Africa’s young democracy – piles more pressure on Zuma, already feeling the heat from a string of scandals.”Today is the day the Constitutional Court restored hope in the Constitutional dream for every Gogo Dlamini out there who needs to rely on the Public Protector to hold government accountable for improper conduct that has wronged her“, said Madonsela.The incumbent, Thuli Madonsela, has won global awards for her straight-talking approach to endemic corruption.In 2009, soon after Zuma became president, upgrades began at his personal home in Nkandla, a small town in the eastern South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.The Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered Zuma to personally pay the costs for the construction of a visitor’s centre‚ amphitheatre‚ cattle kraal‚ chicken run and swimming pool at his Nkandla residence. In that report the swimming pool was listed as a fire-fighting reservoir.Zuma and Parliament had argued that the Public Protector’s findings were mere recommendations.According to CNN, the treasury has 60 days to file a report detailing the amount, and Zuma has 45 days after that to pay the money.The opposition parties in spite of this hope the ruling will be to their advantage in the local elections this year.The saga has compounded public discontent toward Zuma, who also sparked outrage in December when he dismissed finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.The Constitutional Court ruled that Zuma – and the National Assembly – were in violation of the constitution, and ordered that the president pay back the money (an amount to be determined by Treasury). The president must also cover the legal costs of the case.The ANC once again reaffirms our full confidence in the judiciary and the upholding rule of law in South Africa. “The chief justice has given us cause for hope the judgment is more far-reaching than numerous experts thought it would be, and for that we are grateful”, the party’s chief whip Narend Singh said.