South Africa’s Parliament to review impeachment rules

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

South Africa’s Parliament has said it plans to review its rules relating to removing the country’s President, after the constitutional court ruled that lawmakers failed to hold President Jacob Zuma to account.

The court ruling has piled pressure on Zuma and his allies as his opponents within the ruling African National Congress (ANC) are pushing for his removal as Head of State before his term ends in 2019.

A parliamentary subcommittee will meet this week to discuss a draft procedure on the section of the constitution relating to the removal of a President and the draft will then be debated in the house.

The National Assembly’s subcommittee will review a draft procedure drawn up in April 2016 that was never finalized and a 2015 study of impeachment proceedings of seven other parliaments around the world, the statement said.

Zuma, 75, has survived several no confidence votes in parliament over recent years, mostly relating to a string of corruption allegations. He denies any wrongdoing.

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