SA’s Opposition Parties – the DA, EFF, FF+, ACDP, Cope, UDM, NFP and PAC collectively decided to boycott today’s sitting of Parliament, where President Zuma will deliver his reply speech in the Presidency’s budget vote.
The opposition parties said they’re the representatives of the people of South Africa and cannot in good conscience legitimize an empty speech of an utterly discredited and illegitimate President.
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BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the collective decision was signed by Mmusi Maimane, Julius Malema, Mosiuoa Lekota, L R Mbinda, Zanel MaGwaza-Msibi, Bantu Holomisa, Pieter Mulder and Rev. Kenneth Meshoe.
The decision was taken by SA’s opposition parties after much consideration to send a strong message to the South African people that the opposition won’t allow Zuma to trample on the constitution, ignore court rulings, and then come to Parliament and ask for more money for his office, DA leader divulged.
“It must be made abundantly clear that we are not against holding President Zuma accountable – but in fact the opposite. We oppose this budget and the process by which Zuma’s office will be handed more taxpayer’s money to continue to delay legal accountability,” Maimane stated.
The opposition parties believes free speech is dead in Parliament if they can’t make strident political points about the President and his party.
Thus, it’s imperative they gather together and challenge the rulings of the presiding officers in court to defend the principle of free speech.
“It cannot go on that presiding officers blatantly employ a double standard for the ANC and the opposition. We believe that for SA to work, Parliament must work.
This budget has allowed him (Zuma) to spend R110 million on the Seriti Commission, an Arms Deal whitewash. This budget has allowed him to travel in lavish luxury, live in luxury government accommodation, and pay for staff, cars, and secretaries for his wives and family.
…We cannot legitimize this budget giving the Presidency R505 million…we cannot support any budget vote that legitimizes such actions. We will not legitimize this afternoon’s sitting, and we will not legitimize this illegitimate President.
He must go on trial and explain himself to the nation under cross-examination,” Maimane related on behalf of the parties.
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Zuma “can address his marshals and instruments,” UDM leader, Bantu Holomisa commented.