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Jacob Zuma's candidacy is unconstitutional - Zille

By unknown | Feb 20, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Democratic Alliance lead-er Helen Zille has called on ANC president Jacob Zuma to step down as his party's presidential candidate.

In an open letter to Zuma, Zille said electing him as president without him being exonerated from his charges by a court would undermine the Constitution.

"I have been reliably informed by senior members of the Bar that your election could be challenged in the Constitutional Court," she said.

"That is because your presidency would create a conflict of interest between your constitutional role as head of state and your status as an accused in a matter that has been brought against you by the state itself."

Zuma faces charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering related to a multi-billion rand government arms deal.

"Put your ambitions aside by publicly stepping down," Zille's letter said.

Zuma's legal team is to make representations to the National Prosecuting Authority today.

"If you do not stand trial on these charges, a pall of suspicion will hang over every move you make in the future," said the DA leader.

Zille said Zuma could re-enter politics after the trial - unless any sentence imposed precluded this.


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