The longsuffering people of South Africa, and indeed all people trusting our country will be in the presence of good governance, have been waiting since early September – after hours and hours of argument before the Constitutional Court – to hear if the end of the disastrous Zuma-era may be quickened.
The Constitutional Court today, in its continuing affirmation of the Constitution, provided for this quickening. The ball is now in the Speaker’s and the Parliamentary Rules Committee’s court to make rules, in the National Assembly, regulating removal of a president in terms of Section 89, Sub 1 of the Constitution.
The ruling party’s elective conference has come and gone, and South African’s will be watching the “new African National Congress” like hawks in 2018; especially in Parliament. Even if the ruling party’s new president represents a distinct and expectant power shift, the proof will be in the pudding.
Strengthened by today’s CC ruling our urgent and continuing battle to have Zuma removed will be accelerated. The United Democratic Movement, in tandem with any and all parties unified by a honest desire for the very best for our country, will redouble its efforts to rid government of the single most destructive occupation since our hard-fought freedom, and perhaps, even ever.
To modify one of Churchill’s famous lines… this is not the end. It is, however, perhaps, more than simply the end of the beginning. And it may well be the beginning of the end. South Africans shall overcome.
Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President