ANC MPs must vote in line with caucus - NEC

2017-05-29 17:39
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe (Lerato Sejake, News24)

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe (Lerato Sejake, News24)

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Cape Town - African National Congress MPs will be expected to vote in line with the decision of the ANC caucus on the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Monday said the party's national executive committee (NEC) had agreed this weekend that ANC MPs would be in violation of the party's constitution if they voted against the caucus' decision.

"On the motion of no confidence against the president proposed in Parliament, the NEC reaffirmed its confidence in comrades deployed as Members of Parliament, trusting that they would continue to conduct themselves in line with the constitution, prescripts and norms of the African National Congress," Mantashe told the media in Johannesburg.

"Regardless of whether a secret ballot is granted by the court or not, ANC MPs, as always, are expected to vote in line with the decision of the caucus of the ANC.

"Failure to do so is in violation of Rule 25.17.16.4 of the ANC constitution."

The party defined an act of misconduct as: Acting on behalf of or in collaboration with counter-revolutionary forces, a political organisation or party other than an organisation or party in alliance with the ANC, and in a manner contrary to the aims, policies and objectives of the ANC.

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Stalwarts call for ANC-sponsored motion

ANC stalwarts, however, on Monday called for a new strategy by the party's caucus regarding the DA-sponsored motion of no confidence against Zuma.

It called on the ANC caucus to move its own motion of no confidence against Zuma.

READ: ANC MPs should table own 'no confidence' motion in Zuma - stalwarts

The stalwarts believed it was not in the interests of the opposition parties to be successful in the proposed vote of no confidence, as their own interests would be better served by allowing Zuma to continue.

"If the opposition truly held the interests of the country at heart, as they publicly state, they would withdraw the motion of no confidence and allow members of the ANC caucus to uphold the Constitution of the country and show the necessary leadership that the country expects by formally moving a motion of no confidence themselves," the stalwarts said in a statement.

The NEC's failure in leadership had placed ANC MPs in the "invidious position" of having to reach a decision as to whether their own parliamentary oath had any real meaning.

"The country will now look to parliamentarians to protect our fellow citizens. As stalwarts who were part of the struggle for a constitutional, democratic South Africa, we call on all Members of Parliament to reflect carefully on the way forward."

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