Mbete does U-turn on Zuma impeachment motion, sets date

2015-08-20 12:22
Baleka Mbete. Picture: Leanne Stander/Foto24

Baleka Mbete. Picture: Leanne Stander/Foto24

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - A motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma will be debated on September 1. 

The announcement was made on Thursday morning during Parliament’s programme committee meeting, and followed threats of court action by the Democratic Alliance. 

DA leader Mmusi Maimane gave notice of the motion earlier. The motion also called for an ad hoc committee to investigate Sudan President Omar al-Bashir’s departure from South Africa, in contravention of a court order. 

Speaker Baleka Mbete refused the request last week after consulting with Parliament’s legal advisers. The DA then threatened to take the matter to court. 

In a letter this week, Mbete conceded to the motion – based on another legal opinion from the same office. 

In the letter, Parliament’s chief legal adviser wrote that Mbete’s decision was based on considerations applicable to substantive motions and motions in general. 

“The Speaker has agreed to the publication of your client’s motion in light of it giving effect to a constitutional provision. The reasons for the refusal to publish the motion were based on legal and procedural considerations.” 

Last week, Mbete also cited the sub judice principle for her refusing the motion because the Bashir matter was still before court. 

But the sub judice rule, which states that when a matter is under judicial consideration it is prohibited from public discussion elsewhere, came under fire during a session of the National Assembly this week due to different interpretations. 

Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor recommended that legal certainty about this rule and how it applied to Parliament should be obtained. 

Mbete on Thursday morning said that the issue would be taken up by the relevant structures.

Read more on:    da  |  mmusi maimane  |  jacob zuma  |  cape town  |  politics  |  parliament 2015

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.