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MPs voting according to party instructions is outdated - Zac Yacoob

12 April 2017 3:03 PM

Retired ConCourt Judge Zak Yacoob says loyalty to one's political party may conflict with loyalty to the Constitution.

Thousands of people, including opposition parties marched to the Union Buildings to demand the resignation of President Jacob Zuma in what has been dubbed the 'National Day of Action'.

Retired Constitutional Court Judge, Zak Yacoob has called on President Zuma to step down.

Well, I hope that the President will take it seriously, I hope that he will listen and I hope that he will step down because to have a man like him as a President for the country is no good for the country.

Zak Yacoob, Retired Constitutional Court

So one would hope that the country will come first and that his private interests will come second.

Zak Yacoob, Retired Constitutional Court

You can afford to be tolerant if you are strong, you can't afford to be tolerant if you are weak.

Zak Yacoob, Retired Constitutional Court

Yacoob says the idea of a person voting according to the instructions of a political party is outdated and in conflict with the Constitution. He adds that the Constitution requires every member of Parliament to uphold the constitution.

What if your political party asks you to do something which is inconsistent with the Constitution. Are you bound by your political party or are you bound by the Constitution?

Zak Yacoob, Retired Constitutional Court

The retired Constitutional Court judge also shares his thoughts on the prospects of the motion of no confidence vote, United Democratic Movement's appeal with the Constitutional Court for a secret vote and what ANC stands to lose should President refuse to step down.

Listen to the rest of the interview in the audio below:


12 April 2017 3:03 PM

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