Agang MP faces motion of no confidence

2015-03-08 15:00

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The tables have been turned on an Agang SA MP who tried to pass a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma to “liberate” South Africans.

Andries Tlouamma, one of the party’s two MPs, now faces a similar motion of no confidence from his own party.

But Tlouamma reckons the campaign comes from “spirits who pretend to be Agang members” and “spiderwebs” from the days of Mamphela Ramphele, the founder of the party.

The campaign was started this week after Tlouamma withdrew his party’s motion against Zuma at the last moment in the face of withering questions from National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

Meanwhile, Tlouamma is trying to unseat the other Agang MP, Mike Tshishonga.

Speaking to City Press’ sister paper, Rapport, on Friday, Tlouamma said the executive committee of Agang had written a letter to Mbete informing her they had decided to terminate Tshishonga’s membership.

This meant Tshishonga should have vacated his seat in the National Assembly by the end of February, when his membership expired.

Mbete’s spokesperson, Mandlakazi Sigcawu, confirmed they had received the letter.

Sigcawu said the Speaker wrote back to Agang asking if all internal disciplinary processes against Tshishonga had been completed before the parliamentary process could begin.

On Friday, Tshishonga said he wasn’t aware of the latest attempts to remove him as an MP.

He said Tlouamma was “a selfish person who can lie with a straight face”.

“I will fight him in the highest court for my membership,” he said.

Speaking of his relationship with Tshishonga, Tlouamma said it felt as if he had brought “a corpse in a coffin” with him to Parliament, “who acts as if the flights to and from Cape Town are his only job”.

Tlouamma angered other opposition parties in the National Assembly this week when he withdrew the motion against Zuma.

He said the withdrawal of the motion wasn’t an easy decision and Agang’s executive committee had collectively decided it would disadvantage the party’s court case on the same matter, which is being heard in May.

Agang is going to court to demand that Mbete recuse herself from the debate on the motion of no confidence in Zuma and that MPs should vote using a secret ballot rather than through a show of hands.

“It would be a waste of time, and it was a matter of principle. We cannot afford any more to just make speeches about the president in Parliament. We want to make it possible through a court case and a secret vote to remove him. Why doesn’t anybody understand this?” asked Tlouamma.

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