The meeting between presiding officers and political party leaders on the recent Constitutional Court Judgment took place in “good spirit and was constructive”.

The meeting, which was requested by Speaker Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces Chairperson Thandi Modise, was held on Wednesday to discuss the impact and implications of the recent judgment.

The Constitutional Court ruled that President Jacob Zuma pay back some of the money spent on the non-security upgrades to his private Nkandla residence, in line with the remedial action contained in the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report.

In a statement issued after the meeting, Parliament said the issues raised in the meeting included the continued erosion of the credibility of Parliament – as well as challenges around decorum that have been experienced since the start of the 5th Parliament.

“We have indicated the need to unpack the judgement with a view to highlighting issues that need the consideration of Parliament,” the executive authority said.

This will include how Parliament should process, amongst others, reports of Chapter 9 Institutions.

Parliament acknowledged that there may be issues that necessitate rules review.

“To the extent that this is necessary, the current review process will be broadened to deal with these matters.”

On issues raised by parties in writing, Parliament said they are receiving consideration from the Speaker.

The issues include requests for a disciplinary process against President Jacob Zuma as well as an ad hoc committee to investigate whether the President misled the House.

The meeting agreed to continuous engagements on issues pertaining to Parliament.

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT NEWS AGENCY