It started when opposition party, Democratic Alliance (DA) launched an online toolkit that will enable South Africans contact members of the National Assembly. The essence as DA stipulated, was for South Africans to write to ANC Members of Parliament and lobby them to support the up coming Motion of No Confidence in President Zuma.
It is an “opportunity for members of the ANC who are deeply dissatisfied with President Zuma, to do what is right for South Africa…President Zuma’s recklessness with the economy has cost South Africa dearly…The ANC caucus should use the opportunity to put their loyalty to building a better South Africa ahead of their loyalty to President Zuma by supporting the motion,” DA stated.
Urging members of the ANC who are deeply troubled about Zuma being the president of South Africa to do the right thing and vote with their conscience, the opposition party argued that “a Motion of No Confidence is the best mechanism to ensure that President Zuma is removed from the Presidency.”
Three days after the online toolkit was launched, an overwhelming number of South Africans have indicated their desire to do away with Zuma as the leader of the nation.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that South Africans have sent over 805,000 letters to the ANC at National Assembly, lobbying that they support the motion to remove Jacob Zuma.
The DA publicized the party “is proud to announce that through (their) newly launched online platform South Africans have sent over 805,000 letters lobbying the ANC National Assembly Caucus to support (the) Motion of No Confidence in President Zuma.”
The opposition party further related that their “online petition
supporting the motion and…call for all 72 Ministers and Deputy Ministers to be excluded from the vote on the Motion due to the glaring conflict of interest between their official responsibilities and their private interests, has over 15,000 signatures.”
Also, DA wrote to the “Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, requesting that the voting in the Motion of No Confidence be done via secret ballot, to ensure that MPs are not threatened with fear of internal persecution and are able to vote with their conscience.”