The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is determined not to allow Jacob Zuma’s proposed settlement derail it from holding the president to account.
The parties will be asking the highest court in the land to decide whether the failure to comply with remedial action set out in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report constituted a breach of the constitutional duties of the National Assembly and Zuma.
The DA on Monday also took aim at Zuma’s proposed settlement‚ saying it “mounts to nothing more than a PR stunt to shield himself from full accountability in the matter relating to the upgrades of his private residence at Nkandla to the tune of R246-million”.
The Presidency had last week announced that Zuma had offered to pay back a portion of the upgrades as determined by the auditor-general in consultation with the minister of finance.
The DA’s James Selfe‚ who will be at the court on Tuesday‚ said Zuma “has taken it upon himself to cherry-pick one such remedial action out of the four ordered by the public protector in her report entitled Secure in Comfort”.
EFF leader Julius Malema indicated firmly last week that his party was “not going to agree to any settlement until he reaffirms the powers of public protector‚ and‚ two‚ the remedial actions of public protector are binding and‚ three‚ that President Zuma agrees in the settlement that failing to implement the remedial action he was in breach of the Constitution and his oath of office”.
As proceedings get under way at 10am‚ Malema starting a march from Mary Fitzgerald Square to the court.
Security will be tight ANCYL president Collen Maine vowed to protect his party’s leader from the EFF.
“If you fight with Zuma you are fighting with the youth league‚ and South Africans who have voted for him‚ and the ANC with more than 60% majority. The country will be defended. We cannot allow Julius Malema and his monkeys to run our country amok and turn this country into a banana republic‚” Maine said.
The EFF’s Student Command responded to Maine with: “Members of the youth desk of the ANCYL must know that we are going ahead with this programme in the most peaceful way possible‚ however‚ if they dare try tackle us‚ we will be left with no choice but to use similar yet more potent violence to respond to them.”
The South Africa Police Service – ?@SAPoliceService – tweeted a pic of its members lining up for inspection on Tuesday morning: “#sapsGP Law enforcement officers preparing to monitor march to Constitutional Court‚ Jhb‚ this morning”.