Emerging reports making the rounds have it that ANC Chief Whip Mr. Jackson Mthembu would be throwing his weight behind the Economic Freedom Fighters in Parliament today.
In the early hours of today, BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the fighters requested National Speaker Baleka Mbete to include an urgent vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma on the order paper of today’s sitting.
The red block made the urgent proposal after the ANC NEC failed to recall President Jacob Zuma during its three-day meeting which ended on Monday in Irene.
During the meeting, Zuma survived a motion of no confidence proposed by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom. His call was shut down by pro-Zuma supporters.
Unfazed by the opposition, other anti-Zuma members vowed to support opposition parties if a motion of no confidence in the president is moved in the National Assembly.
ANC chief whip Mr. Jackson Mthembu was among the NEC members, who re-echoed his call for Zuma to step down during the just-concluded NEC meeting.
President Jacob Zuma is currently in Cuba for the funeral of former president Fidel Castro. Irrespective of his absence, Members of Parliament would be voting for or against him if Mbete gives a nod to EFF’s proposal.
There have been a number of recent attempts by opposition parties to have the president removed from office – from protests to votes in parliament – but all failed. This is because the people who want him to go do not have the numbers to push him out of parliament.
Earlier this month, a motion of no confidence in Zuma was defeated in parliament. This was made possible by ANC’s huge majority in parliament. The MPs defeated the opposition by 214 votes to 126.
Earlier this year, a motion of no confidence brought by the DA against Zuma on March 1, 2016, was also defeated. During the voting, 225 MPs voted against it, 99 in favour while 22 abstained.
The ANC has been in power since 1994, after championing the fight against white minority rule in South Africa.