DA wants to hear 'resounding aye' on Zuma no confidence vote

2017-06-30 20:05
President Jacob Zuma. (Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)

President Jacob Zuma. (Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance wants to hear a "resounding aye" on August 3.

That is the day on which the DA's motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be heard, Parliament announced on Friday.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen welcomed the decision.

"I have twice written to the Speaker since the Constitutional Court ruled on the matter of the secret ballot on 22 June. Finally, we have been given a date," he said in a press statement.

Last week, the Constitutional Court ruled that Speaker Baleka Mbete should decide whether the vote will be done in a secret ballot.

READ: Parliament schedules motion of no confidence in Zuma

Ruinous presidency

In the statement announcing the motion's date, Mbete said she would canvass the views of political parties, which had until July 14 to make their submissions.

"We call on Mbete to timeously apply her mind and make a decision on the secret ballot, as the Constitutional Court reaffirmed is within her discretion," said Steenhuisen.

He said South Africans should be buoyed by the possibility that Zuma's "ruinous presidency" could come to an end in a month's time.

"All that is required is for their representatives in Parliament, irrespective of party affiliation, to do the right thing," he said.

"It is the recent revelations of state capture, and the weekly revelations of how the Gupta and Zuma families colluded to loot and pillage the state, that should leave individual Members of Parliament with no doubt in their minds how they should vote on 3 August."

He said South Africans should use the coming weeks to unite in purpose and make it clear to those who represent their voices in Parliament that, when the motion is put to the House, they must vote with a resounding "aye".

"We call on all South Africans to join the DA and take to the streets on 3 August to bid Zuma and his cronies 'goodbye'," he said.

"The end of the Zuma presidency is in sight."

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