Today the Constitutional Court judges will announce their ruling on the Nkandla case, which will determine whether or not President Jacob Zuma defied the Public Protector's orders to pay back some of the money spent on his KwaZulu-Natal homestead.
Judges have taken just over a month to weigh up arguments from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the Democratic Alliance (DA), the National Assembly speaker, Baleka Mbete and Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.
John Robbie spoke to one of the people responsible for drafting the Constitution, Professor Marius Wiechers, about the implications of the ConCourt's ruling.
The public protector has remedial powers in terms of the Constitution. The Constitutional Court has got to give their verdict on what these remedial powers entail.— Professor Marius Wiechers, Former Professor of Constitutional Law at UNISA
I think that remedial action, in this case, would be that she can institute criminal or civil action that has got to be tested in court. But she has more powers than the ordinary ombudsman.— Professor Marius Wiechers, Former Professor of Constitutional Law at UNISA
On the remedial powers, constitutionally that is the most important point. That is going to be the vast contribution of Thuli Madonsela. The other issue is how they are going to deal with the President's obligation to repay. It seems to me that the whole matter is going to be referred to Parliament with a strong word about how they treated the Public Protector's report.— Professor Marius Wiechers, Former Professor of Constitutional Law at UNISA
Listen to the conversation: