BuzzSouthAfrica reliably gathered that prominent members of the African National Congress (ANC) have threatened to find out those ANC MPs that voted against President Zuma in the motion of no confidence vote, held on Tuesday.
The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal was the first to make the call to have the rebellious MPs charged for breaking ranks with the ruling party.
ANC provincial spokesman Mdu Ntuli insisted that it would be ideal for the party to punish those who spoke out against President Zuma and those MPs who voted against him.
As many as 35 ANC MPs, for the first time in 23 years of South Africa’s democracy, voted with the opposition on Tuesday.
Prior to the vote, the ANC had told its MPs in an early morning Parliament caucus meeting that their jobs could be on the line if they vote to support the motion.
They were also reminded that the ruling party would not be able to reach a consensus to elect a new leader if President Zuma is removed because of its internal strife.
Although names of ANC MPs who voted with the opposition are yet to see the light of the day, many people won’t be surprised if they see MPs Khoza Makhosi, Mondli Gungubele, Pravin Gordhan, Lindiwe Sisulu on the list.
These MPs publicly spoke out against President Zuma’s scandal-plagued administration and announced that they would vote with their conscience during the no-confidence vote.
Meanwhile, DA leader Mmusi Maimane says he intends to table a motion for Parliament to be dissolved on Thursday.
If the motion – which is the first for a democratic South Africa – succeeds, it will necessitate an early election. Maimane said Parliament needs to be dissolved because the government has lost the mandate of the people.
“We say, bring it on! Let’s fight an election for the future of our country, and let’s do it now. By the time Jacob Zuma has destroyed the ANC completely, and the country, it will be too late,” he said.
DA’s proposed motion to have Parliament dissolved is coming on the heels of its defeated motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.
Zuma survived the opposition’s eighth attempt to oust him with a relatively narrow margin – 177 MPs voted for his removal, 198 voted for him to stay in power while 9 abstained.
However, the president is not off the hook yet as he would appear in the Supreme Court of Appeal on September 14 and 15 when he will have to defend himself against the 783 charges of fraud, corruption, and racketeering levelled he’s facing.