Here comes another hot day for President Jacob Zuma as he prepares himself ahead of the motion of no confidence debate meted against him in the National Assembly on Thursday.
A motion of no confidence was first lodged by the Democratic Alliance (DA) who wrote to parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete requesting that the motion be debated.
Backing up its request for the motion, the DA said former Public Protector’s report on state capture stands a good proof that corruption is now everywhere in government, and it all points directly to Zuma and his cronies and only by removing Zuma from office, “can we start to repair the damage he has caused.”
The DA seized the opportunity to call on the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to collectively join other parties to push for Zuma’s final removal from the presidential office.
“The choice between Jacob Zuma and South Africa is both simple and profound. President Zuma’s brand of corruption, economic mismanagement and lies can no longer continue to exist alongside the project of building a better South Africa for all.” DA leader, Mmusi Maimane said ahead of the meeting.
“We respect the constitutionally-enshrined right of any parliamentary party to table a motion of no confidence in the president as a tool of parliamentary oversight and accountability.
The motion of No Confidence has become to the DA, a ritualistic practice founded on spurious allegations and narrow political motives rather than substance.
Since the start of the current term of Parliament, which is just over two years old, a total of seven motions have been tabled by the opposition,” the party said in a statement from the office of the ANC chief whip, Jackson Mthembu.
The ANC caucus on the other hand, has maintained that it will not support the DA’s motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, as it’s premature and ill-advised.
ANC Caucus spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says it’s premature for the DA to seek the removal of Zuma on the basis of the Public Protector’s State Capture report.
“The DA’s motion, we will not support [as] it’s a waste of time. Thus far, the opposition has brought seven motions since 2014 – which makes this motion playful and to lose serious in terms of the Constitution,” he said.
Meanwhile, the deputy Speaker of Parliament, Lechesa Tsenoli, said he expects Members of Parliament to conduct themselves cordially and not cause chaos as was the case in previous sittings of the house.
“It’s difficult to know whether there’ll be chaos but we can assume that it might happen today from past experience,” he said as he calls for calm and tolerance in the house as South Africans await the much-anticipated debate.