South Africa’s Parliament Debates President Jacob Zuma’s Impeachment

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South Africa’s parliament will Tuesday hear a motion for the impeachment of President Jacob Zuma, the Sowetan Live reported. The motion, which was sponsored by DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, is asking that the parliament impeach Zuma for allowing Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir leave the country despite an international warrant for his arrest for war crimes. 

“The events that led to the escape of Al Bashir represent a clear violation of the President’s oath to “obey, observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution and all other law of the Republic,” and serve as nothing less than grounds for his removal from office in terms of section 89(1)(a) of the Constitution,” said Maimane in August.

It is still unclear whether DA will enjoy the backing of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Although the EFF wants Zuma out of power, they do not support the grounds put forward by the DA. The EFF leader Julius Malema applauded Zuma in Parliament for not arresting the ‘African leader’.

The Sudanese president is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes in the Darfur conflict.

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