President Jacob Zuma has failed to uphold and defend the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.
This is according to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who made the statement during a Constitutional Court ruling on whether Zuma should have paid for non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.
The EFF and the DA took Zuma to court in January with the aim of getting the country’s president to pay back some of the R246 million spent on his Nkandla home.
The EFF told the court that Zuma had breached his oath of office and constitutional duties by ignoring the Public Protector’s prescribed remedial action on the Nkandla spending.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela stated that Zuma must pay back a portion of the money for upgrades to Nkandla.
Pay back the money
Mogoeng stated that Zuma’s failure to comply with the Public Protector’s prescribed remedial action – which is binding – was “inconsistent with his obligation to uphold and defend the Constitution as supreme law”.
The National Assembly must now determine “the reasonable costs that Zuma must pay for the upgrades”, the court ruled.
Mogoeng said the Treasury must report back to the Constitutional Court within 60 days of the order.