1. The National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) welcomes the announcement of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) to recall its deployee and President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob G Zuma. NADEL further welcomes the decision of the NEC of the ANC to reject the proposal by the President to be given a period extending from three to six months to resign.
2. The decision of the ANC comes amidst a number of controversies surrounding the President’s tenure, these includes, but not limited to, allegations of corruption, court rulings that he breached his oath of office by using government money to upgrade private home in Nkandla, looming corruption charges, the most recent court ruling that the President is too compromised to select the National Director of Public Prosecution as well as state capture allegations.
3. As a country we find ourselves in awkward state of affairs where the compromised position of the president has made it difficult for the good governance, proper functioning of democracy and the rule of law in the country. We struggle as a country to reconcile the action of the president and his clear conflict of interest in executing some of his executive functions with our democratic goals and objections.
4. The past three weeks have been filled with excruciating agony and uncertainty for the country as we did not know what the future held. A state of affairs that cannot continue to any further extent.
5. The decision of the ANC, though not a legal decision in the sense of being constitutionally compliant, goes a long way in easing the uncertainty the country has been put under over the last three weeks and restoring public confidence in our government.
6. We echo the sentiments of the ANC when it states that their decision provides certainty to the people of South Africa at a time when the economic and social challenges facing the country require urgent and resolute response by all sections of society.
7. For the reasons stated above we pray that the President does the honourable thing and heeds the call of his political party and resigns without any further delay.
8. With all the above being said, NADEL does not suggest that the President is guilty of any offence, save that the NEC decision is in the interest of the Republic of South Africa and the proper functioning of a constitutional state.
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEMOCRATIC LAWYERS, (NADEL), SOUTH AFRICA.
BY: Memory Thulile Sosibo,
Publicity Secretary, NADEL Executive Committee,
Contact: 081 710 7910
President, NADEL Executive Committee,