Lawyers for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have told judges that President Jacob Zuma broke the law by failing to pay back a reasonable portion of the money spent on his private Nkandla home.
In the Constitutional Court, the case will determine the powers of the Public Protector and whether her remedial action is binding.
EWN's Gia Nicolaides says EFF's lawyer advocate Wim Trengove told the court that the Public Protector's findings were misinterpreted.
Meanwhile the DA's lawyer Anton Katz said the National Assembly failed its Constitutional obligation by rubber stamping Zuma's position and not holding him to account.
Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:
Trengove says that President Zuma should never have second guessed the Public Protector's report and the National Assembly should have held him accountable.— Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter
A the same time, he says that Zuma violated his ethical duty by defying the findings to protect his ill-gotten gains.— Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter
This article first appeared on 702 : Zuma violated his ethical duty by defying Public Protector, argue EFF's counsel