Zuma no confidence motion set for next month

2015-01-29 14:11
President Jacob Zuma (File: Sapa)

President Jacob Zuma (File: Sapa)

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Zuma's speech pre-empted attacks from opposition parties

2015-01-12 13:25

During his speech for the ANC's 103rd birthday celebration at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, President Jacob Zuma touched on land reform, electricity shortages and even the prices of oil and banking. He cleverly pre-empted attacks from opposition parties, says News24's editor, Andrew Trench. Watch.WATCH

Parliament - An opposition motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be debated in the National Assembly on 24 February.

The motion was brought by Agang and placed on the schedule of the National Assembly at a programming committee meeting on Thursday morning.

Agang tabled the motion in November and in December filed papers in the Constitutional Court asking that it be voted on by way of secret ballot, though parliamentary rules only provide for a secret vote when MPs elect the president.

The debate will come less than a fortnight after Zuma's state-of-the-nation address and just more than two years after several opposition parties tried to table a motion of no confidence in him.

At the time the programming committee, chaired by then speaker Max Sisulu, was deadlocked on whether to schedule the debate, with ANC members firmly opposing it.

The Democratic Alliance took the matter to the Western Cape High Court where Judge Denis Davis dismissed its application, finding that the Speaker was not empowered by the rules of the national assembly to take whatever steps necessary for a motion of no confidence to be debated.

The issue then landed in Constitutional Court, which found that a relevant section of the parliamentary rules was unconstitutional and gave the legislature six months to amend it.

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