DA calls for Parliament to schedule urgent sitting for no-confidence motion in Zuma

08 February 2018 - 14:30 By Neo Goba
Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane.
Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane.
Image: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has called for Parliament to schedule a debate and vote on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma for Tuesday.

"South Africa cannot continue to be held in limbo while Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma‚ and their respective factions‚ continue to fight over the terms of Zuma’s exit. We need a swift resolution to this impasse as soon as possible‚" said Maimane on Thursday.

He said as public servants‚ it was their duty to place the best interests of the country before party political interests

"While Ramaphosa and Zuma fight over the presidency‚ corruption continues and people remain without hope for any immediate improvement in their daily lives.

"It is for that reason that I have consulted with the leadership of the EFF‚ and we have resolved to call on the Speaker of the National Assembly‚ Baleka Mbete‚ to schedule an urgent sitting of Parliament this coming Tuesday‚ February 13 2018‚ for the motion of no confidence in Jacob Zuma to be debated and voted on‚" said Maimane.

He added that the Economic Freedom Fighters will send a letter to Mbete’s office reflecting this urgent call.

Maimane‚ who has been critical of Zuma along with other opposition leaders‚ said this process would allow for Parliament to debate and vote on the EFF’s motion of no confidence in Zuma as Parliament was mandated to elect and also remove a president‚ adding that "it is not done behind closed doors at Luthuli House".

Maimane's remarks come as the ANC top six and the national executive committee are currently in talks to reach an agreement on a “dignified exit” for Zuma.

This after a last-minute deal Zuma reached with Ramaphosa – a deal that resulted in Wednesday’s scheduled NEC meeting being called off.

This was shortly after Mbete announced that the state of nation address (Sona) was to be postponed.

Maimane said on Thursday that Ramaphosa was currently the Leader of Government Business in Parliament. “It would be remiss of him to neglect his responsibility in this regard‚ and therefore I call on Mr Ramaphosa to support this call‚ and to ensure that the Motion of No Confidence is debated without delay.

“Moreover‚ there must be an urgent sitting of Parliament’s Programming Committee‚ in order for Parliament’s agenda to be finalised‚ and so that the work of the people can continue.

“Lastly‚ we flatly reject any amnesty agreement or special deal for President Zuma. He is not above the law‚ and must still face the 783 criminal charges illegally dropped over a decade ago and which the courts have now revived.

“Cyril Ramaphosa cannot talk anti-corruption‚ yet broker an amnesty deal for the corrupt in the ANC. Any attempt to do so will be opposed with everything we’ve got. Jacob Zuma will retire in prison‚ where he should have been years ago‚” Maimane said.

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