Speaker mulls Zuma impeachment call

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IOL zuma nkandla0 INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS President Jacob Zuma has condemned the violent service delivery protests the country has seen since he took office five years ago. Picture: Jeffrey Abrahams

Cape Town - National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu is considering the request for the establishment of an ad hoc committee and initiation of impeachment proceedings against President Jacob Zuma, his office announced on Tuesday.

“Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has not submitted her report to Parliament,” Sisulu said in a statement.

“However, she reportedly would be submitting it to the president 1/8Zuma 3/8 for perusal and comment in accordance with provisions of the Executive Members Ethics Act.”

The Democratic Alliance's leader in Parliament Lindiwe Mazibuko requested Parliament on March 20 to establish an ad hoc committee and the initiation of impeachment proceedings against Zuma.

Her request followed the tabling last week of Madonsela's report on upgrades to the president's Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, residence.

Sisulu said in terms of the Ethics Act, and as per Madonsela's pronouncement when she made her report public, Zuma must, not later than 14 days, submit a copy of Madonsela's report to the National Assembly.

This would accompanied with his comments and any remedial steps taken or intended to be taken.

The National Assembly was awaiting the outcome of this process, said Sisulu.

“Once received, the report and other documents would be tabled and then formally served before the National Assembly and its committees.”

Earlier, Mazibuko said she had written back to Sisulu on Tuesday, “requesting clarity on when this crucial decision, which is given effect to by the Constitution, will be made”.

She had reminded the Speaker that her motion should not be dependent on Zuma replying to Parliament.


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