Here's why Malema's ConCourt bid to impeach President Jacob Zuma won't work

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has filed a court application with the Constitutional Court to order the Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete to institute impeachment proceedings against President Jacob Zuma.

The party says its latest call for action against Zuma regards conduct associated with the Nkandla scandal, including lying to Parliament on numerous occasions.

While Malema is adamant that an instruction can be given to Parliament to do its job, Cathy Powell, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Law at UCT has listed a number of reasons as to why the party's application may fail to impeach Zuma.

The court is highly unlikely to grant Malema's application.

Cathy Powell, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Law at UCT

Lets assume firstly that Baleka Mbete actually obeys the court order and institutes proceedings. If the majority ANC is still supporting Zuma - and it is because it hasn't brought impeachment proceedings yet -then it will vote down impeachment proceedings.

Cathy Powell, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Law at UCT

There are two reasons why the court won't accede to this request.

Cathy Powell, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Law at UCT

It is a severe violation of the doctrine of a separation of powers, it is for Parliament and not for courts to remove the President.

Cathy Powell, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Law at UCT

It really cant be more than a stunt because even if the court were to grant it that's not going to get rid of Jacob Zuma. All you do is get another forum which currently has high illegitimacy amongst the public saying Jacob Zuma is a bad man.

Cathy Powell, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Law at UCT

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