ANC hits back at DA over Zuma impeachment


The African National Congress (ANC) has accused the Democratic Alliance (DA) of instituting a “cheap publicity stunt” after party leader, Mmusi Maimane, yesterday announced it would be submitting a notion of impeachment against President Jacob Zuma, following the controversy surrounding Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir.

In an entry on political website Politicsweb, ANC spokesperson in the office of Chief Whip Stone Sizani, Moloto Mothapo, said the application is not worth serious consideration as no court has found Zuma guilty of violating the constitution.

“In the absence of any constitutional or legal basis, Mmusi Maimane’s motion amounts to political posturing and is not worth the paper it is written on,” Mothapo said.

al-Bashir, who had been attending the African Union summit in Sandton on June 14th, left the country a day later after the Pretoria High Court had called for his handing over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of genocide in Darfur.

Passing his findings ten days later, High Court Judge President Dunstan Mlambo found that al-Bashir’s departure was in direct violation against the order, and that government failed to apprehend him despite being aware of the accusations and promising to do so.

“As we have repeatedly stated all heads of states and delegates that attended the African Union summit in Sandton were granted diplomatic immunity by the government in line with international standards and practices related to events such as the one held recently in our country,” Mothapo continued.

“This diplomatic immunity was granted in terms of the laws of this country and this simply means that government was duty bound to ensure that President al-Bashir does enjoy the privileges of such immunity. It is for this reason that we wish to reiterate our support for government decision to appeal the Gauteng North High Court decision while dismissing the DA’s motion with the contempt it deserves”.

Speaking in a statement, Maimane said that impeaching Zuma would restore the country’s integrity, which had been degenerating since his taking of office.