The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it’s in the interest of justice that it be allowed to intervene in a Constitutional Court application to rule on whether the National Assembly has failed in its duty to start impeachment proceedings against President Jacob Zuma.
The matter against Speaker Baleka Mbete was launched by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and is backed by the United Democratic Movement and Congress of the People.
The DA says that by ignoring the Public Protector’s remedial action on its Nkandla investigation and the Constitutional Court judgment on the same matter, the National Assembly has breached its constitutional mandate by not initiating impeachment investigations against President Zuma.
In an application to intervene in the EFF's case, DA federal chairperson James Selfe says that further investigation into Zuma’s conduct by Parliament is necessary.
“If one has an impeachment motion that needs to be moved, there needs to be some preliminary investigation procedures that need to be laid down in law or in the rules of the National Assembly.”
The Constitutional Court is due to hear the case on 5 September.