DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the motion followed Zuma’s “reckless decision to fire Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December last year”.
Last month, Zuma removed Nhlanhla Nene from his post as finance minister and replaced him with ANC MP and former Merafong mayor David van Rooyen. Following a public outcry and the Rand collapsing against the US dollar, Zuma appointed Van Rooyen to be the minister of co-operative governance and replaced him with Pravin Gordhan.
The party president said on Monday 11th Jan 2016: “The Speaker of the National Assembly‚ Baleka Mbete‚ has agreed in writing to my request for a debate on a motion of no confidence on President Zuma”.
The Speaker of parliament confirmed that her office is in the process of consulting with the leader of government business and the chief whip of the majority party to fix a date for the debate ‘within a reasonable period of time’‚” said Maimane
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said it is important for Parliament to debate the motion. He said the decision to fire Nene had been a reckless and unreasonable one, and the reaction foreseeable and justified.
“The President fired a fiscally responsible minister at a time when our economy required strong and bold leadership, showing his nonchalant approach to our economy.”
Maimane further explained that “Last night‚ President Zuma stated that South Africans and the markets overreacted when he fired Minister Nene last month‚ and that the effects of the decision have been exaggerated”.
“This blatant denialism is an insult to every South African who has felt‚ and will continue to feel‚ the damaging effects the president’s decision had on our economy. Instead of taking responsibility for his poor decision‚ President Zuma is shirking it.” said Maimane
He said; “Parliament should remove Jacob Zuma as president once and for all”.
It is important to note that in March last year, the DA filed a motion of no confidence against Zuma which ended unsuccessfully
A total of 221 MPs voted against it, 113 supported it, and eight abstained from voting.