We will embarrass Jacob Zuma in court again if he does not comply, EFF says
The EFF on Thursday condemned President Jacob Zuma’s defiant statement about the former public protector’s State of Capture report, uttered during Parliament’s question and answer session on Wednesday.
Responding to questions in relation to the report‚ Zuma said: "No one‚ no matter what position they hold‚ can instruct the President to establish a commission‚ and even tell the process through which you must go." The EFF said Zuma made this comment without grounding it in law or entertaining the grounds upon which advocate Thuli Madonsela as former public protector made the proposal.
"We are ready to repeat the Nkandla lesson and embarrass Zuma through courts if he is not going to comply with the State of Capture report recommendations, in terms of remedial action‚" the EFF said on Thursday.
"We want to guarantee him that we are not going to allow him in his continuation to undermine the constitution of the Republic. If Zuma is not happy with the remedial action as recommended by the public protector‚ he must challenge it through a court process. The remedial action of the public protector can only be reviewed through a judicial process; otherwise‚ they apply and must be implemented.
The EFF added: "Zuma has not learnt from the Nkandla process, which ended in the constitutional court forcing him to pay back the money." The party said the State of Capture report clearly stated that the reason the chief justice must recommend a judge (who Zuma must appoint) to constitute an inquiry, is "because he himself‚ Zuma‚ is a subject of such an inquiry".
"This recommendation is based on the fact that our constitutional provisions never anticipated that the appointment of judicial commissions‚ which are the prerogative of the President‚ could be constituted to investigate the president himself/herself. This limitation is what drives the public protector to make a recommendation of this manner," the EFF said.
"If Zuma feels otherwise‚ he must be prepared to answer to the courts as to what must be done in order to hold him accountable in relation to allegations that he has grossly violated the executive code of ethics. One thing that we shall never accept is that nothing must be done…."