Presidency denies ConCourt found Zuma broke oath of office

05 April 2016 - 17:51 By Tmg Digital

The Presidency has denied that the Constitutional Court found that President Jacob Zuma had broken his oath of office.

Saying it wished to correct media reports wrongly stating that this was the case‚ it said the Constitutional Court had not made such a declaratory order.

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“In fact‚ whereas the counsel for the EFF‚ the Applicant‚ specifically asked for the Constitutional Court to declare that the President had acted in violation of his oath of office‚ the Constitutional Court did not grant a declaratory order in those terms.

“The Constitutional Court instead ruled that ‘The failure by the President to comply with the remedial action taken against him‚ by the Public Protector in her report of 19 March 2014‚ is inconsistent with section 83(b) of the Constitution read with sections 181(3) and 182(1)(c) of the Constitution and is invalid’‚” the Presidency said in a statement.

“We wish to request the media to report accurately and use the precise words of the Constitutional Court judgment on the matter in order not to mislead the public‚” it added.

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