Over 800 000 send emails to ANC MPs ahead of Zuma no confidence vote

2016-02-29 14:29
President Jacob Zuma. Jaco Marais, Foto24)

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Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says over 800 000 South Africans have participated in their lobbying call to send messages to the ANC caucus ahead of a debate in Parliament to discuss a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

The DA lobbied South Africans last week to write to ANC MPs and support a motion of no confidence in Zuma via an online platform on the party’s website.

"The DA is proud to announce that through our newly launched online platformSouth Africans have sent over 805 000 letters lobbying the ANC National Assembly Caucus to support next week’s Motion of No Confidence in President Zuma,” DA Chief John Steenhuisen said in a statement on Sunday.

“Further, our supporting the motion and our call for all 72 Ministers and Deputy Ministers to be excluded from the vote on the Motion due to the glaring conflict of interest between their official responsibilities and their private interests, has over 15 000 signatures.

The National Assembly is due to debate the motion on Tuesday in Cape Town.

Secret ballot proposal

Steenhuisen said the party also wrote to the Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete to request that the vote be done via secret ballot, as to avoid MPs possibly voting by fear rather than choice.

“President Zuma’s recklessness with the economy, including his disastrous decision to fire Nhlanhla Nene, has devastated South Africa’s economy and employment market. This coupled with revelations of ‘SARS Wars’ brewing between the Presidency, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, and the ANC – which sent the rand plummeting last week – are clear indicators that President Zuma is not fit to hold public office,” Steenhuisen added.

Steenhuisen concluded by urging ANC MPs who are “deeply satisfied” with Zuma’s leadership to vote with their conscience.

DA ‘abuses’ motions of no confidence

In January, the ANC said the DA abuses and misuses motions of no confidence in Parliament, News24 reported.

ANC chief whip Stone Sizani’s spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo, said the motion of no confidence was supposed to be a powerful and critical tool of oversight, but it was abused.

"Over a period of time the DA has abused, misused and trivialised this type of motion merely to score a few headlines, hence today it has lost significance.

"The DA has turned this powerful parliamentary oversight mechanism into a trite ritual that very few in our society, rather than take seriously, correctly see it as a waste of Parliament's valuable time," the office of the chief whip said.

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