Shivambu will use rules of parliament to tackle Zuma
Economic Freedom Fighters deputy president Floyd Shivambu said that the party's campaign for President Jacob Zuma to pay back taxpayer funds spent on his private Nkandla homestead was a battle for the poor‚ not "just an elite battle" before the Constitutional Court.
"It is a battle that involves people who were supposed to be benefitting from the monies which are being redirected for corrupt purposes by Mr Zuma and his government‚" he said‚ speaking outside the court in Braamfontein‚ Johannesburg.
The country's top judges are hearing applications by the EFF and the Democratic Alliance (DA) for the court to declare that Zuma and the National Assembly had failed to comply with their constitutional obligation to adhere to remedial action prescribed by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela after she found that Zuma had unduly benefited from certain upgrades to Nkandla.
Shivambu said counsel for the EFF and those of the parties that joined it in the case‚ had made it clear to court that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s powers were binding and that Zuma should pay back the money
“I think the case has been made clear that the defiance of the Public Protector by the minister of police under the instruction of Zuma‚ was illegal.”
Shivambu also reiterated that the EFF would not allow President Zuma to deliver his State of the Nation address before Parliament on Thursday before he accounted for firing Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister at the end of last year.
This would not be a disruption of proceedings‚ he argued. “We’ve never disrupted any State of the Nation address. We‚ within the rules of parliament‚ make the necessary interruptions. Interruptions are allowed in the rules of parliament.”
"You can ask parliament to discuss a matter of public urgency. We are going to use the rules of parliament to ask for certain privileges that are allowed as per the rules of parliament."
Shivambu said Zuma had caused chaos in the financial markets because the rand weakened after he announced that he had fired Nene. “The issue of weakening the currency is very essential to South Africa‚ particularly in the time of drought…”.
After the EFF march on the Constitutional Court earlier on Tuesday‚ supporters began to disperse once EFF leader Julius Malema addressed them and went inside to hear the legal argument.