Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Parly prepares for Zuma impeachment debate

MPs will debate a motion of impeachment against President Jacob Zuma, for giving Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir free passage from South Africa after the African Union summit in Johannesburg in June, in Parliament on September 1.

The National Assembly’s programming committee scheduled the debate on Thursday after House Speaker Baleka Mbete initially blocked the Democratic Alliance’s motion, from which the debate stems.

This prompted an exchange of lawyers’ letters between her office and the official opposition.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said his party was vindicated and brought a step closer to holding Zuma accountable for violating the law and the Constitution by defying a Pretoria high court order not to allow al-Bashir to leave the country.

“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 laws of the Republic’, and serves as nothing less than grounds for his removal from office in terms of section 89(1)(a) of the Constitution.”

Such a motion requires the support of a third of MPs to succeed.

Steenhuisen said the DA would canvas all political parties for support.

ANC chief whip Stone Sizani’s office said he would comment later in the day. – ANA

Subscribe to the M&G

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them.

Related stories


Subscribers only

GDP, recession, JSE, rallying rand … these terms mean very...

The economy is not producing work, with many young adults working outside their fields of study or considering leaving the country as a result

More top stories

New membership system encounters problems in ANC branches

The Lower South Coast region has complained of a plot by some branch secretaries to manipulate the system

Police analyst implicated in R600k fraud scheme

But the forensic analyst has also claimed to be a victim of identity fraud

Economy’s signs of life mean little for the poor

GDP growth may be encouraging but it doesn’t mean much for SA’s millions of unemployed

The ANC has moral decay on its plate, and the...

Analysis of news coverage in May shows a governing party that is broke — and bitterly at war with itself

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…