ConCourt ruling on Zuma debate expected

2013-08-27 08:45
President Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court will hand down judgment on Tuesday on whether an application for a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma should be debated in Parliament.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, supported by seven other opposition parties, tabled the motion on 8 November, but National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu later adjourned a programming committee meeting without the debate being scheduled.

This was because no consensus had been reached.

The DA took the matter to the Western Cape High Court where it was dismissed by Judge Dennis Davis.

He said the rules of the National Assembly did not make provision for no confidence debates, and he could not tell Sisulu when and where the debate should be heard.

The high court held that Parliament was obliged to give effect to the right to debate and vote on a motion of no confidence, but that only the Constitutional Court could hear the matter.

Mazibuko's lawyer argued in the Constitutional Court in March that the high court had erred in finding that the speaker did not have the power to schedule the event.

Sisulu submitted that the application be dismissed as the date for the scheduled debate had passed.

He also submitted that Parliament had not failed in its constitutional duty, because the motion could be scheduled either by the programme committee or by the National Assembly.

- SAPA
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