The Presidency has confirmed it has filed notice to oppose the Democratic Alliance's legal bid to force President Ramaphosa to fire Minister Bathabile Dlamini.
Ramaphosa is expected to file an answering affidavit in 15 days, unpacking some of the merits for his decision to oppose the legal challenge.
Spokesperson Khusela Diko says the decision to oppose is a natter of principal.
When we say it is a matter of principal, it is on two grounds. Firstly that the constitution gives to the President sole prerogative for the appointment or the dismissal of ministers from the National Executive. We feel that it is not the proper grounds that a court should be entering into.— Khusela Diko, presidency spokespersons
We have also said that there are various avenues that the DA or any other aggrieved party could follow as it relates to the performance or continued stay of ministers in cabinet, including amongst others putting in motions of no confidence into cabinet. This is not a matter for the courts to decide.— Khusela Diko, presidency spokesperson
Dlamini was found by the Constitutional Court to have misled the court in the Sassa social grant payment saga.
Diko says the president has studied the judgement and is applying his mind.
It is also the issue of at which point did the DA decide that the was supposed to have acted against minister Dlamini, how do we know that perhaps he is not going to act against Minister Dlamini? It presupposes that the president will not act against Minister Dlamini.— Khusela Diko, presidency spokesperson
The president does not take this matter lightly. It is a matter he is fully applying his mind to.— Khusela Diko, presidency spokesperson
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