ANC wants no-confidence motion fast-tracked

2013-02-08 00:00

CAPE TOWN — A motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be submitted this year — but not when the ANC wants it.

Democratic Alliance chief whip Wattie Watson said after a meeting of the parliamentary programme committee yesterday that his party and the forum of opposition parties would not let the ANC dictate to them when the motion must be submitted.

“The ANC should know the motion is on its way,” he said.

The ANC whippery is suddenly insisting on debating the motion, which it halted last year. Speaker Max Sisulu and ANC chief whip Mothole Motshekga butted heads in yesterday’s meeting over the motion and when it should be debated.

The ANC insisted that the debate should be held on February 26, a date not agreed by the opposition.

Watson said the DA wanted to wait for the outcome of a Constitutional Court ruling on the issue. The court has said it will rule when it has studied a report from the speaker on an amendment to Parliament’s rules.

Sisulu told Motshekga that the motion, which was submitted last year, had expired. Sisulu will have to ascertain if the motion is to be submitted again in its current form or replaced.

When Motshekga and co-whip Mmamoloko Kubayi maintained that the motion should be debated soon, Sisulu said they were out of order.

Cope’s acting whip, Juli Kilian, said the scheduling of a motion that had expired was another example of the ANC’s abuse of power.

Motshekga told a media conference yesterday that the DA’s about-turn on the motion indicated that it was frivolous. He said the country has wasted too much time and money on the issue and the debate should be held soon.

He denied that the ANC was trying to gain an advantage with its sudden insistence on holding the debate.

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