ANC wants Zuma no-confidence debate next year

2012-11-21 14:11

The ANC in Parliament will agree to debate a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, but only in February next year, Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga has said.

In a statement, Motshekga said he did not oppose the motion being scheduled, but that it would not be possible for the debate to take place before the last sitting of the house.

The National Assembly rises tomorrow.

Motshekga said committee meetings, oversight visits and international study tours were planned for MPs from Monday November 26 to December 7.

“Cancelling these commitments or summoning back all MPs for a special sitting would place a significant administrative, logistical and financial burden on the institution,” said Motshekga.

Motshekga said there was consensus that the motion was a matter “provided for in the Constitution”.

He argued MPs should be given sufficient time to prepare themselves, because the motion was serious in nature and could have serious implications for Parliament.

“We will impress upon Parliament that this motion be scheduled for debate by the National Assembly on the week of February 26 2013.”

Motshekga said he believed this was a reasonable time frame.

He said he was aware National Assembly rules dictated that the motion – along with other parliamentary business – would lapse by tomorrow.

“As the majority party we commit to support the revival of this motion, to ensure that it returns back to the House in its current form,” he said.

Motshekga said he would liaise with other political parties in Parliament to communicate his position.

“This position does not seek to pre-empt or interfere with the court process that is currently under?way, but to correct the inaccurate view that the majority party is not keen on debating this motion.”

The Western Cape High Court was expected to rule tomorrow, following an urgent application brought by Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko.

Mazibuko brought the application on behalf of the major opposition parties in Parliament to compel National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu to schedule a debate and vote before the legislature goes into recess.

Last week, Sisulu adjourned a National Assembly programming committee meeting without the debate being scheduled, on the basis that no consensus had been reached.

Mazibuko had officially given notice of the motion in the House on November 8.

She brought the motion on the grounds “that under his (Zuma’s) leadership the justice system has been politicised and weakened; corruption has spiralled out of control; unemployment continues to increase, the economy is weakening, and the right of access to quality education has been violated”.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy

Miley's new dog is too adorable.



13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher
The unusual pets of Instagram
Bertie sets a new world record!

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The Leo moon adds an element of drama and entertainment. A significant person that you may consult or confide in may play more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.