There is no doubt that the manner in which the DA has harnessed the Constitution and the law to hold President Jacob Zuma, the National Prosecuting Authority, Parliament and MPs accountable has been good for democracy and the country. While other parties and critics tended to assume that the only solution to the Zuma problem was political, the DA’s dogged pursuance of a legal strategy has been a great success. Other opposition parties — the EFF and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) — have now followed its lead. It is thanks to legal recourse that Zuma will have to relive the nightmare of his corruption charges when the Supreme Court of Appeal hears oral argument from his counsel on why he should be allowed to appeal the spy tapes judgment in September. It will also be due to legal recourse should Zuma have to suffer the humiliation of a damaging public inquiry by Parliament in the next few months. The EFF has asked the Constitutional Court for an order on the back of the Nkandla ...

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