Publication: Sunday Times Issued: Date: 2004-10-03 Reporter: Mzilikazi wa Afrika

Zuma and the Constitution



Sunday Times

Date 2004-10-03


Mzilikazi wa Afrika

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Schabir Shaik, and 10 companies he is a director of, stand accused of paying over R1-million to Deputy President Jacob Zuma over a seven-year period.

The state’s charge sheet alleges that Zuma benefited “by way of various payments” from Shaik between October 1995 and September 2002.

The charge sheet also states that in terms of the Constitution, Zuma (who was MEC of Economic Affairs and Tourism from 1994 until 1999), was not allowed, as a member of the executive council of a province, to:

A code of conduct regarding financial interests adopted by a joint meeting of the rules committees of the National Assembly and the Senate on May 21 1996 applies to him.

Zuma, who became Deputy President in 1999, is duty-bound to maintain the highest standards of propriety to ensure that his integrity and that of the political institutions in which he serves are beyond question.

In terms of this, Zuma is bound not to place himself in a position which could be in conflict with his responsibilities as a public representative in Parliament, nor may he take any improper benefit, profit or advantage of this.

In terms of the Constitution, Zuma is bound by the same restrictions applying to members of provincial legislatures; he may not undertake other paid work, or use his position to enrich himself or others.

With acknowledgements to Mzilikazi wa Afrika and the Sunday Times.