Parly to debate Zuma motion of no confidence

2015-01-29 12:32

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

The motion was brought by Agang SA and placed on the schedule of the National Assembly at a programming committee meeting this 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 DA took the matter to the Western Cape High Court where Judge Denis Davis dismissed its application, finding 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 the Constitutional Court, which found a relevant section of the parliamentary rules was unconstitutional and gave the legislature six months to amend it.

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