Motion of no confidence in Zuma 'a gimmick'

2015-03-02 20:09


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Cape Town - A motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma that is due to be debated in parliament on Tuesday afternoon was destined for the “dustbin of parliament”, according to the ANC.

City Press reports the motion was proposed by Agang SA, who subsequently tried but failed to get it postponed pending the outcome of a court bid to prevent Speaker Baleka Mbete from presiding over the debate.  Agang SA also wants voting to be held by secret ballot, not open vote as is currently the case.

In a statement, ANC chief Whip Stone Sizani said that the ANC looked forward to “reaffirm the confidence of the overwhelming majority of South Africans in the able leadership of President Jacob Zuma”.

Describing the motion as “time-wasting and a mockery of our participatory democracy”, Sizani said that the motion was “out of tune with the sentiments of many South Africans”.
“Side-shows and gimmicks by a publicity-starved mini party can never distract us from the important task of moving this country forward,” he said.

The motion’s proposer, Agang SA MP Andries Tlouamma, said he was disappointed that it had lost a bid to postpone the motion so now they had no choice but for the debate to go ahead. “It was silly of parliament to not postpone it because it was our motion,” he said.
He said the motivation behind the motion was that the country had achieved so much. “This is why we need to be led by a man who leads by example, not somebody who is controversial.”

Agang SA – who have two MPs in the National Assembly - lost an urgent application to postpone the motion in the Western Cape High Court on Friday. The party approached the Western Cape High Court after an urgent application to the Constitutional Court was dismissed.

The party approached the court for a postponement pending a broader application seeking Mbete’s recusal and a bid for secret voting.  Agang has questioned Mbete impartiality and said that MPs should be able to vote without fear of being persecuted.

While dismissing the bid for a postponement, the court on Friday ruled on Friday that Agang’s application about the Speaker and secret voting was semi-urgent. A date for it to heard in court is yet to be set.

Parliamentary spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs confirmed that the debate – scheduled for 85 minutes - is due to proceed in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

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