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>> Therefore, we conclude that the assembly did not hold the president to account.>> Zuma must be removed from office. That was the verdict on Friday from South Africa's Constitutional Court after ruling that Parliament had failed to hold President Jacob Zuma to account. He's been plagued by scandal, accused of using state money to fund upgrades to his home.
Reuters Ed Stoddard in Johannesburg explains this ruling is the latest judicial setback amid mounting public outcry.>> It will put added pressure onto Zuma to step down ahead of elections in 2019. And has reminded people about this scandal that had been fading from view amidst growing allegations of corruption that have been swirling around Zuma.
Among other things when the upgrades are made to his home, or for example a cattle crawl, a chicken run, and even a swimming pool.>> Authorities at the time famously described this addition to Zuma's home as a fire pool, to put out fires in case of an emergency
>> Instead it's fanned the flames of discontent against him. Zuma is being politically hobbled by a struggling economy. And is now in a weakened position after Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected leader of Zuma's ruling ANC party last week. The ultra-left economic freedom fighters who had taken the issue to the Constitutional Court celebrating on Friday after the verdict was delivered.
While the ruling comes nowhere near starting an impeachment process against Zuma now, it gives Parliament six months to put wheels in motion for the removal of a president.