"Accountability is a central value of the Constitution. This judgment is the judicial part of that accounting." Friday's Constitutional Court judgment not only rescued South Africa's grant beneficiaries and put Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) in its place, it opened a new avenue for political accountability. The court had to push "at its limits" of its powers due to the "exceptional circumstances" and "a national crisis". It found Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini "responsible for the crisis", but did not refer her to President Jacob Zuma or Parliament to be held accountable. Dlamini is effectively under supervision of the Constitutional Court while Zuma is suddenly intervening - after another non apology. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
For almost two years after the release of the Public Protector's report on Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma was confident that he would not have to "pay back that money". He told Parliament, quite emphatically, that the Public Protector's remedial actions were "mere recommendations" and he was not bound to implement them. Then, in February last year, just before the Nkandla matter came before the Constitutional Court, Zuma conceded that he had to pay the state back for the non security upgrades at his home.
The Constitutional Court...