By William George, Refilwe Phalane and Tebogo Mhlanga
Following an order by the Constitutional Court, President Jacob Zuma apologised to the nation on Friday night, saying he deliberately set out to violate the Constitution.
On Thursday, the Constitutional Court ruled against President Jacob Zuma and the National Assembly on how they handled the Nkandla report, after being advised by the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela to pay back the money that he used for his home, Nkandla.
With broadcasts on various channels, Zuma admitted that he and his executives misinterpreted the findings of the Public Protector, he also mentioned that he never knowingly or deliberately set out to violate the highest law of the country.
“I also respect the finding that failure to comply with the remedial action taken against me by the public protector is inconsistent with the Constitution of the republic. I wish to emphasise that I never knowingly or deliberately set out to violate the Constitution which is the supreme law of the republic,” said Zuma.
Opposition parties are not happy with the address and are calling for the President to step down.
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Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane said: “Jacob Zuma must be removed from office. He has failed to defend the constitution of the republic.”
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The Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema said that President Jacob Zuma should be recalled and arrested. “People thought they were sick when we said we can’t sit in the Nkandla committee. This is unconstitutional. We said that committee is unconstitutional we cannot help them to violate the Constitution. Today, we are vindicated the court says that was unconstitutional process, it was wrong to change the remedial actions of the public protector.”
The President was given 105 days to pay back some of the money that was spent on his private home, this was a unanimous judgment by the full bench of South Africa’s highest court.