Zuma no confidence motion stays - DA

2013-02-07 20:28

Cape Town - Opposition parties have "every intention" to table a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in the National Assembly, the DA said on Thursday.

They would do so as soon as the Constitutional Court had heard the case, Democratic Alliance Chief Whip Watty Watson said in a statement.

He was reacting to ANC claims that the opposition parties had "done a U-turn" on the matter.

"The DA, together with other opposition parties, has every intention of re-tabling a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma as soon as the Constitutional Court has heard the matter," Watson said.

"This is our prerogative as MPs, and we will not be dictated to and bullied by President Zuma's henchman in Parliament, [ANC Chief Whip] Mathole Motshekga."

Earlier, his ANC counterpart told journalists at Parliament the DA and other opposition parties no longer wanted the matter debated.

"[We] note that at the meeting of the National Assembly's programming committee this morning [Tuesday], the Democratic Alliance and other opposition parties have done a U-turn on having their motion of no confidence in the president debated in Parliament," Motshekga said.

He said the opposition had "tried to treat the matter as not significant, because it had lapsed".

In his statement, Watson said the motion of no-confidence in Zuma had lapsed at the end of last year's parliamentary session.

"This was one of the compelling reasons, we argued, that the motion had to be debated before the end of the year.

"The ANC ignored this fact and now wish to set in stone a dangerous and unconstitutional precedent whereby they can tell individual MPs whether and when we can table motions of no confidence in the president."

He said the Constitutional Court had instructed the Speaker of the National Assembly to table a report by 14 March, on the progress made in including motions of no confidence in the National Assembly's rules.

The matter is set to come before the Concourt on 28 March.


Watson said it would turn on "whether the Constitution envisages that any MP who tables a motion of no confidence in the president of the republic must first seek the permission of the majority party, before s/he may have such a motion scheduled and debated".

"Until such time as the National Assembly rules provide for motions of no confidence brought by any MP to be debated as a matter of urgency and not at the discretion of the majority party, our rights will be effectively limited by majoritarianism," he said.

Motshekga earlier said the ANC maintained its view that the motion was "frivolous [and] not based on any fact or evidence".

The ruling party was aware the motion had lapsed last year, but "we committed to strongly support that this motion be re-tabled before the House in its original form for debate".

He said it was now clear "that this particular motion served no other purpose other than to tarnish the image of President Zuma with a view to influencing the outcome of the ANC's elective conference last year".

Late last year, the Constitutional Court agreed to hear an application about debate in Parliament on the motion.

This followed the Western Cape High Court's dismissal in November of an urgent application - brought by DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko on behalf of eight opposition parties - to force such a debate before Parliament went into recess.

Judge Dennis Davis found at the time that while there were gaps in National Assembly rules, it was not for the court to dictate to Parliament.

The eight parties are the African Christian Democratic Party, the Azanian People's Organisation, the Congress of the People, the Democratic Alliance, the Freedom Front Plus, the Inkatha Freedom Party, the United Christian Democratic Party, and the United Democratic Front.

The ANC, which was initially opposed to the debate taking place, then changed its position and proposed it take place in February, after Parliament re-opened.

  • lawrence.meyer.14 - 2013-02-07 20:46

    I hope they get this motion rolling this time!

      debduplessis - 2013-02-07 20:53

      I second the Vote of No Confidence!!! The sooner the RSA citizens are rid of this rubbish the better off all people of South Africa are going to be & we shall together again proposer with our families, be the rainbow nation we all were, live under democracy & be almost corruption free

      rowan.clark.10 - 2013-02-07 21:36

      It will roll ,why do you think Cyril is hanging in the wings !

      mlungisi - 2013-02-07 21:37

      I still maintain DA is wasting tax payers money on these squabbles. This is battle they will lose and they know it. The efforts and money must go to education and not on sponsoring hatred of Zuma presidency.

      lawrence.meyer.14 - 2013-02-07 21:44

      @molondo - DA wasting tax payers money? What do you think Nkandla was paid with and by which party?

      mlungisi - 2013-02-07 22:02

      Lawrence that's not the point here. There is really no basis for this waste of tax payers money by the DA. The very same party has never had confidence in any of the ANC leader and they've always lost those battles. I am saying DA need to wake up and start acting like a real party and stop obsession about Zuma presidency. This obsession is costly, deadly and taking DA supporters to nowhere.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-02-07 22:04

      Image! What image! The only image I have of this useless thief is the image of him rotting in jail.........

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-02-07 22:13

      Here is some of the Evidence: Exhibit A: Nakandla "Compound" tax thief Exhibit B: Still running from his corrupted charges Exhibit C: Giving his lawyer permission to brake the law by with-holding the "tapes" Exhibit D: Most corrupted and useless president in the history of SA and on and on and on...

      debduplessis - 2013-02-07 22:50

      so when is the next sitting I want to note the date that Zuma disappeared for good!

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-07 23:29

      Malondolo, what Lawrence is saying is actually the point here. The opposition parties are filing a motion of non-confidence against a man who is single-handedly crippling our country! So they have to "waste" money to get the biggest "waster of money" out of our lives.

      lawrence.meyer.14 - 2013-02-07 23:38

      Malondolo, I hear what you're saying about it being a waste and could have been spent better. Can't you see that that is exactly the point we have with Zuma? It could have been any party that motioned this and I would have agreed with them. How many problems could have been sorted out with the Nkandla money? I dislike politicians, all of them, but the president has so many scandals and I believe he is taking the country down fast. I don't care if ANC remains in power till Jesus comes back, just put someone in that can do the job properly.

  • gert.ockert.9 - 2013-02-07 20:51

    This degenerate herd boy doesn't care

      liveby.thesword.1 - 2013-02-07 23:32

      yes hes a glorified goat herder....

  • fan.msibi - 2013-02-07 20:57

    I am not a DA supporter but i agree with them on this one. I also have absolutely no confidence in Zuma as a president.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-02-07 20:58

    "Tarnish the image of President Zuma"!!! He managed to do that all by himself!!

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-07 21:06

      In spades.

      grant.hide - 2013-02-08 00:30

      and truck loads of money.

  • colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-07 21:04

    He does not get my vote of confidence, he gets a big fat zero from and a double FF for confidence! In sorry how can I support someone who wants to dictate all the time, and I will not support a communist!

  • uzziphathele.tshabalala - 2013-02-07 21:05

    Why ANC is so afraid to debate about no confidence on Zuma and now they claiming opposition parties maid a u-turn on this,bt they(ANC)didn't want to schedule last year,ANC is not the one I know,they're so afraid to take on opposition parties on this,they protecting Zuma because he can't stand opposition parties question(s),shame on u ANC government...

      tony.bakkie - 2013-02-07 21:20

      Well said.

  • bruce.gauld.5 - 2013-02-07 21:11

    I have absolutely no confidence in that fat slug!! He has blood on his hands, he's let us down big time. Ask the young lady from cape town who's no longer with us, ask her family. As president he is directly responsible!! And he's done nothing but talk. He got miners killed and farm workers are about to loose jobs. He is a foreigner to our country!! He MUST GO!!!

  • markjack.deppe - 2013-02-07 21:11

    A vote of no confidence against the President will only remove one rotten apple from the total basket. It is time the total basket be removed being the ANC. The ANC is too comrade orientated. It is time that some other party take the reins and start governing. It helps us nothing to have overcome apartheid when the same group replaces it with nepotism, tender rigging, incompetency, reverse apartheid, etc.

      tony.bakkie - 2013-02-07 21:22

      Ah but markjack,take out the foundation and the whole lot collapses. If Zuma got impeached watch how his "comrades" run for cover and suddenly support whoever looks like would take over. No backbone, pure opertunists

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-02-07 21:26

    Get this criminal that is stealing our tax money out of parlement please DA!

  • mlungisi - 2013-02-07 21:35

    DA is wasting tax payers money on a battles they know are useless and they will lose. This is pathetic, there are lot of important things the money can do. They won't even tell us how much they have spent already trying to retrieve Zuma tapes. DA is very useless and irrelevant!

      uzziphathele.tshabalala - 2013-02-07 22:25

      Dream on brother,dream on...LOL!!!

      warren-rodel - 2013-02-08 09:36

      another troll...

      peter.boettger - 2013-02-08 10:09

      Melondola a better sounding name stick to whatever your parttime employment is but dont make remarks on this site when you have np idea what is happening around you

      ena.vanrooyen - 2013-02-08 10:16

      How can DA waste tax payers money if they are not governing yet? ANC is in goverment and all tax payers monies are in their hands, so who is wasting what now exactly?! ANC should govern correctly and no money will be wasted, the question who exactly is useless and irrelevant here now? Clearly Malondolo you don't know what you are talking about! VIVA DA! VIVA! FOR A TRUE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY!

      pillowcasephelo - 2013-02-13 16:29

      On a serious note malondolo, what is democracy? The DA is doing its best to uphold democratic balances by being the check and balance within the system since there is a huge loophole. What exactly are you implying by your assertions....

  • markjack.deppe - 2013-02-07 22:00

    I do wonder how many political lives Zuma really have, The DA has this no confidence motion, The DA wants the Tapes which just can never come to light, He lies about Nkandla, Various charges are dropped against him. The funny thing is surely the majority of the members at Manguang knew this, Why did they then vote him into another term. Are they all so blind to realise that this man is a serious danger to the taxpayer.

      peter.grant.1023611 - 2013-02-07 22:47

      of course they knew. Zuma was not elected at mangaun because they thought he was good for the country, they elected him because he is good for THEM (tenders, blind eye etc)

      stirrer.stirrer - 2013-02-07 23:16

      Let's just call him Teflon Jacob. Nothing sticks.

  • sisie.indola - 2013-02-08 09:01

    Herdboy and his henchmen obviously have this illusion that they are Shaka and his impis.

      nu_un_clear - 2013-02-08 09:42

      Shaka was gay

  • peter.boettger - 2013-02-08 10:03

    This Motion must not die a political death .Justice must be served

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-02-08 10:39

    Amazing, my comment that challenges the DA misteriously dissapears off News 24 forum. Makes one wonder who's pulling the strings?

  • roscoe.louw - 2013-02-13 15:22

    wonder if a vote of No Confidence would be tabled if the ANC had a white leader...and i wonder if the DA will get a vote of No Confidence if it had a black leader. Fact if you white you can do the job apparently. Wonder why apartheid was such a mess up.

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-12 21:46

    They will block it,have the numbers the gravy train must roll.

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