Zuma impeachment motion in Parliament today


A motion of impeachment brought against President Jacob Zuma by the Democratic Alliance (DA) over the controversy surrounding Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir, is expected to be debated in the National Assembly this afternoon.

The motion, which was originally struck off the roll by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete under the sub judice rule on August 5th, was officially confirmed as part of the Parliamentary programme fifteen days later.

In passing his verdict on June 24th, Pretoria High Court Judge President Dunstan Mlambo found that al-Bashir’s abrupt departure from the African Union summit in Sandton nine days before, violated a pending court against him, and that government facilitated in his exit despite being aware of genocide charges he faced for the war in Darfur.

“Under President Zuma we have seen a degradation of the principle of the separation of powers, with the Executive showing an increased disdain for the Judiciary and the Legislative branch.

“Impeaching President Jacob Zuma will go a long way to restoring the integrity of our democracy in this regard,” DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement last month.