Cape Town, South Africa - Lindiwe Mazibuko, the parliamentary leader of South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance, on Tuesday vowed to table a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma if the public protector's report on upgrades to his controversial home implicated him.
Speaking in Parliament during a debate on Zuma's state-of-the-nation address, Mazibuko told MPs she wanted to deliver a very clear message on the Nkandla 'scandal', which involved spending over US$ 20.6 million of public money on his rural home.
She said: 'I want to use this opportunity to send a very clear message to our honourable members, that should the honourable president be involved in any wrong doing in the public protector's report on the Nkandla scandal, I will not hesitate to table a motion to impeach him in this House.'
She added that South Africa “cannot afford another five years of President Zuma's administration”.
The Public Protector’s report on Nkandla is set to be released on 1 March.
Congress of the People leader, Mosiuoa Lekota, sang a similar tune when he took the podium, saying the country regretted the fact that former president Thabo Mbeki was forced out of office.
'South Africa today is less happy than when President Mbeki was driven out of office,' said Lekota, who served as a minister under Mbeki.
And Inkatha Freedom Party leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, said Zuma and his administration had reversed the gains made by both Mbeki and his predecessor, Nelson Mandela.
Buthelezi remarked: 'Twenty years ago, words like 'rainbow nation', 'miracle transition', 'freedom', and 'reconciliation' filled the public discourse. Under your leadership, Mr. President, those words have become 'scandal', 'protest', and 'corruption'.'