President Zuma apologises to the nation

“I wish to reiterate that any action that has been found not to be in keeping with the Constitution happened because of a different approach and different legal advice.

“It all happened in good faith and there was no deliberate effort or intention to subvert the Constitution on my part.”

He said the judgement has helped him and his colleagues to reflect deeply on the entire matter. With hindsight, there are many matters that could have been handled differently, and which should never have been allowed to drag on this long, which was deeply regretted.

“The matter has caused a lot of frustration and confusion, for which I apologise, on my behalf and on behalf of government.

“I urge all parties to respect the judgement and abide by it,” President Zuma said.

He urged the nation to use the judgement to build and further strengthen the country’s democracy

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