DA's motion of no confindence not agreed to - As it happened

2015-03-17 13:51

Get the latest as the National Assembly debates a motion of no confidence brought by the Democratic Alliance.


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17 Mar 19:00

A motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma was predictably defeated by an ANC majority in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The motion had been brought by DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane.

A total of 221 voted against it, 113 were in favour, and eight abstained. Voting on the motion was delayed after it was discovered that the electronic voting system was not working.

"The system is freezing, so the engineers have been called," Speaker Baleka Mbete told the House.

She later elaborated: "They are in the basement attending to it." After about 10 minutes, the problem was solved and voting took place. It is the second no-confidence motion brought against Zuma this year.

The first was brought by AgangSA last month, but was suddenly and controversially withdrawn by the party's Andries Tlouamma minutes after he started speaking in the House. - Sapa

17 Mar 18:55
On that note the House is adjourned.

17 Mar 18:55
Mbete: The motion is not agreed to.

17 Mar 18:54


Yes: 113

No: 221

Abstain: 8

17 Mar 18:53
Voting is closed.

17 Mar 18:53
Voting commences.

17 Mar 18:52
Ndlozi jokes and says Buthelezi has now been voted president. A laughing IFP leader takes his seat.

17 Mar 18:52
As Buthelezi enters MP clap hands.

17 Mar 18:51
Malema says: One of the members who is not equal to us is still outside and he is important.

17 Mar 18:51
MPs stop Mbete from starting the vote as MPs are still outside.

17 Mar 18:50

Wonder if DA will call for a secret ballot if the vote is not in there favour because of this glitch?

17 Mar 18:49
Mbete asks Maimane and other MPs to press yes. She laughs and says: That's how you going to vote isn't it?

17 Mar 18:48
It might be. Mbete calls for a test of the system.

17 Mar 18:48
MPs are cheering. Is the system back on?

17 Mar 18:46
Parliament adjourns for five minutes.

17 Mar 18:46
Mbete calls for a suspension for five minutes, but tells MPs to stay in the House. This is not met well.

17 Mar 18:45
There is a call for a time-frame before they move to a manual system. Mbete says she knows.

17 Mar 18:45
Mbete agrees and says technicians are in the basement. MPs responds with an "ooo".

17 Mar 18:44
Steenhuisen calls for a point of order, as says he doesn't support Sisulu's motion. He says they must wait.

17 Mar 18:43
Sisulu asks for voting to take place tomorrow, because Zuma will still be president.

17 Mar 18:43
Mbete asks the MPs to take their seats as the system has been frozen.

17 Mar 18:42
Ndlozi questions ANC refusal to use a secret ballot.

17 Mar 18:42
Seems to be the anti-climax to day.

17 Mar 18:41
There is a call to investigate if the executive jammed the voting system.

17 Mar 18:41
The ANC moves for a show of hands. Malema objects.

17 Mar 18:41
Maimane says that in the absence of technology they should use a secret ballot.

17 Mar 18:40
Mbete reads out the question, but there is a delay for system check.

17 Mar 18:38
Mbete goes through the voting process.

17 Mar 18:37
Parliament is back in session.

17 Mar 18:36
MPs are slowly returning to their seats.

17 Mar 18:35
MPs are gathering in small nodes to discuss the matter.

17 Mar 18:32
The bells will be wrung for five minutes.

17 Mar 18:32
There were more nos and Steenhuisen calls for a division.

17 Mar 18:31
Mbete pushes to continue with the motion and asks if there are any objections.

17 Mar 18:30
Buthelezi asks if all ANC ministers didn't vote, would ANC still be the majority.

17 Mar 18:29
Malema says according to the Constitution that if Zuma leaves, his cabinet must leave to.

17 Mar 18:29
Mbete says they are all members of Parliament and they have the same rights.

17 Mar 18:29
Ndlozi says ministers and their deputies are unable to vote on the motion, because they were hired by the president.

17 Mar 18:28
It seems there is some implications to the extract Mulder had tried to read.

17 Mar 18:27
Mulder says that no ordinary ANC spoke today it was only ministers.

17 Mar 18:26
Maimane; I chose the people of SA and President Zuma must go.

17 Mar 18:26
Maimane: the choice today is whether you chose Zuma or the people of SA.

17 Mar 18:25
Ndlozi is better to explain the use of the word "thief".

17 Mar 18:24
Maimane: You can either chose Nkandla or houses for the people.

17 Mar 18:24
We cannot call Maimane a drug dealer, so we can't call the president a thief.

17 Mar 18:23
Because Maimane used the word thief, Sisulu wants him to withdraw.

17 Mar 18:23
Sisulu speaks up.

17 Mar 18:22
Maimane says MPs has two choices. Yes and No.

17 Mar 18:22
Maimane pokes fun at Jeffery's deputy status.

17 Mar 18:22
Jeffery is unable to complete is speech. Maimane is back up.

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