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Apart from Zuma, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete is also included in the statement outlining official misconduct.

South Africa's Constitutional Court is slated to review the alleged charges filed by National Assembly opposition parties in a hearing on whether to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Jacob Zuma.

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A statement released by the court indicated that the application was presented by the Congress of the People, Economic Freedom Fighters, and the United Democratic Movement.

Apart from Zuma, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete is also included in the statement outlining official misconduct, according to News24.

The statement read, in part, "The applicants seek a declaratory order that National Assembly Speaker's actions in the face of the president's 'egregious violations of the Constitution' (are) unconstitutional,” adding that the order compels “the Speaker to take necessary and appropriate steps to determine the seriousness of the violation of the Constitution by the president as a prelude to reporting to the National Assembly for the purpose of holding the president accountable under section 89 of the Constitution."

One of the charges alleges that Mbete was derelict in public duty since she failed to hold Zuma accountable after the president provided no recommendations on the final report concerning the renovation to his private residence in Nkandla in 2014.

That upgrade, according to the BBC, cost taxpayers roughly US$20 million. It included the installation of a swimming pool and a cattle enclosure.

Thuli Madonsela, South Africa's public prosecutor, delivered a 400-page report that accused Zuma of unethical conduct regarding his house upgrade, affirming that he should reimburse a portion of the unnecessary renovations to state coffers.

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