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Zuma impeachment motion heading for Parliament

Zuma impeachment motion heading for Parliament

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed Parliament’s decision for its impeachment motion against President Jacob Zuma, to be heard in the National Assembly on September first.

Earlier this month, Speaker Baleka Mbete announced that the motion, regarding the controversial departure of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir two months ago, would not be tabled as the matter is being contested by government.

In tabling his findings on June 24th, Pretoria High Court Judge President Dunstan Mlambo found that al-Bashir’s departure from the African Union Summit in Sandton nine days before was in direct violation of a pending court order against him, and that government facilitated in his departure despite being aware of genocide charges he faced for the war in Darfur.

“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 law of the Republic,” DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said in a statement.

“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”.

He also added that the party would consult with other opposition MP’s in order to obtain the one-thirds majority needed for the motion to be supported.