05:10 pm
26 October 2016

South Africa’s parliament Prepares for Zuma Impeachment Debate

MPs will debate a motion of impeachment against President Jacob Zuma, for giving Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir free passage from South Africa after the African Union summit in Johannesburg in June, in Parliament on September 1.

The National Assembly’s programming committee scheduled the debate on Thursday after House Speaker Baleka Mbete initially blocked the Democratic Alliance’s motion, from which the debate stems.

This prompted an exchange of lawyers’ letters between her office and the official opposition.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said his party was vindicated and brought a step closer to holding Zuma accountable for violating the law and the Constitution by defying a Pretoria high court order not to allow al-Bashir to leave the country.

“Al-Bashir’s state-aided escape represents a clear violation of President Zuma’s oath to ‘obey, observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution and all other laws of the Republic’, and serves as nothing less than grounds for his removal from office in terms of section 89(1)(a) of the Constitution.”

Such a motion requires the support of a third of MPs to succeed.

Steenhuisen said the DA would canvas all political parties for support.

ANC chief whip Stone Sizani’s office said he would comment later in the day. – ANA