Africa

South African opposition parties aim at President Jacob Zuma

  • Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema, left, speaks to the press outside the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Malema delivered an application to the court to order the Speaker of Parliament to institute impeachment proceedings against President Jacob Zuma. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema, left, speaks to the press outside the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Malema delivered an application to the court to order the Speaker of Parliament to institute impeachment proceedings against President Jacob Zuma. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

  • Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema, arrives at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Malema delivered an application to the court to order the Speaker of Parliament to institute impeachment proceedings against South African  President Jacob Zuma. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema, arrives at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Malema delivered an application to the court to order the Speaker of Parliament to institute impeachment proceedings against South African President Jacob Zuma. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

South Africa's two main opposition parties took aim at President Jacob Zuma with one appealing to the highest court to order impeachment proceedings and the other announcing it will launch a parliamentary vote of no confidence in the president.

The Economic Freedom Fighters party applied to the Constitutional Court to order parliament to begin impeachment proceedings against Zuma for lying to the legislative body.

Also on Thursday the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, said it would launch in parliament a vote of no confidence in Zuma.

At the Constitutional Court, the EFF said it filed its case as "a last resort" after parliament, which is dominated by Zuma's ruling African National Congress (ANC), had failed in its duty to hold the president accountable.