Defiant Jessie Duarte Dares The EFF In Fresh Standoff


A member of the pro-Zuma cadre has challenged the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for proposing a fresh and emergency vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

The ruling party’s top-six national executive committee (NEC) member Jessie Duarte lashed out at the fighters at an ANC post-NEC meeting briefing in central Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon.

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The deputy secretary-general insisted that the motion brought by the EFF will never succeed because it has never thrived in Parliament on a good number of occasions.

To her, this move shows the fighters are hell bent on finding baseless allegations against President and also destabilizing legislative processes. She threw down the gauntlet to the Malema-led party, daring them to bring it on if they truly have the nerves.

“We are not surprised that our opposition does this all the time; this is the only weapon that they have. They have no programme, they have no plan.

They only have a way of creating a disturbance by destabilizing parliament itself; such a vote of no confidence doesn’t really worry us at all. Bring it on if the EFF wants to; let’s see what happens.

There are no ghosts that we are chasing around. We believe that every enemy of our revolution has a right to do whatever they wish to do to try to destabilize the revolution. We are equally determined for them not to succeed,” defiant Jessie Duarte said.

In the early hours of today, 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 urgent proposal was tabled 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.

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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.