Maimane calls for motion of no confidence in Zuma to be debated

Cape Town – The Democratic Alliance has again called for a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma to be debated in Parliament.

This followed the latest Cabinet reshuffle, in which ANC MP David van Rooyen was moved from the post of finance minister to that of co-operative governance minister after just four days in the seat. Pravin Gordhan, who was finance minister from 2009 to 2014, was reappointed to the post.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the matter should be debated at the first opportunity in 2016.

"I have petitioned the Speaker, in terms of Rule 102A of the National Assembly, that a motion of no confidence in President Zuma must be urgently scheduled because the nation has entirely lost confidence in Jacob Zuma as our President,” he said in a statement.

He said South Africa could not wait until the opening of Parliament in February for the issue to be discussed.

"I have therefore also petitioned the Speaker to do everything necessary to bring forward the opening of Parliament to at least the second week of January 2016. South African cannot wait for answers while Parliament remains closed for extended holidays."

Maimane said the motion of no confidence was the best way to ensure Zuma was held to account.

"Our economy has expressed enormous ill-confidence in President Zuma as it was sent into a tailspin, losing over R200 billion in value in the past days, and forcing up South Africa’s sovereign debt costs that will ultimately steal funding from the poor.

"This economic crisis will leave millions more further away from job opportunities, and will compromise South Africa’s capacity to pay social grants and other social support."

"It’s time that we put South Africa first. It’s time for change. South Africa has reached the ceiling of the cost Jacob Zuma can inflict upon our nation," Maimane said.

In March, the DA unsuccessfully brought a motion of no confidence against Zuma.

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