Government Policies & Politics

Jacob Zuma To Repay Money Spent On Private Residence – Court


’s high court that deals primarily with constitutional law on Thursday delivered a damning verdict against President , saying he had ‘failed to uphold’ the constitution in a case over public funds spent upgrading his private residence.

Zuma “failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution as the supreme law of the land,” said Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in a ruling delivered by the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.

The court also ordered President to pay back the public funds spent upgrading his private residence, to settle the scandal that has rocked the .

“The president must personally pay the amount determined by the national treasury,” Chief Justice Mogoeng added.

In a swift response, ’s main opposition party has launched a bid to impeach President Jacob Zuma after the country’s top court ruling.

“Today’s (yesterday) ruling is clear in this regard: President Jacob Zuma’s action amounts to a serious violation of the constitution, and constitutes grounds for impeachment,” the Democratic Alliance party said in a statement.




Source: AFP

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