ANC: DA's impeachment threat 'hot air'
Johannesburg - The ANC on Wednesday dismissed Democratic
Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko's warning to President Jacob
Zuma as an empty, rhetorical threat.
(Giordano Stolley, Sapa)
"We are aware that, with the election looming, some
political leaders will blow plenty of hot air at every direction in order to
grab as many headlines as possible," ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani said.
"There are opposition parties in Parliament who have
offered the electorate no alternative or creative ideas since 2009, except to
repeatedly call for the president of the country to resign."
On Tuesday, Mazibuko vowed to table a motion to impeach Zuma
if the public protector's report on his private homestead in Nkandla,
KwaZulu-Natal, implicated him in wrongdoing.
Speaking in the National Assembly during debate on Zuma's State
of the Nation address on Tuesday, she told MPs she wanted to deliver a very
clear message on the Nkandla "scandal", which involved over R206m of
"I want to use this opportunity to send a very clear
message to our honourable members, that should the honourable president be
involved in any wrongdoing in the public protector's report on the Nkandla
scandal, I will not hesitate to table a motion to impeach him in this
House," she said.
Sizani on Wednesday claimed Mazibuko's comments were
designed to pressure the public protector to find Zuma guilty.
"While certain opposition parties have clearly
demonstrated that they exist for no other reason except to engage in a negative
and anti-Zuma campaign, as the ANC we will continue to celebrate with the
people our achievements and our practical plan to move South African forward
beyond the 2014 election," he said.