President Cyril Ramaphosa to face motion of no confidence next week

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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  • Parliament will debate a motion of no confidence in President Cyril Ramaphosa next week. 
  • The motion was brought by the ATM. 
  • The ATM has argued that Ramaphosa has failed to provide leadership. 


The ATM says it has 15 reasons why it wants the National Assembly to remove President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet, including not calling a referendum on the death penalty and not securing the borders against "illegal foreign nationals". 

On Thursday morning, secretary to Parliament Masibulelo Xaso told the National Assembly Programming Committee that National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise had approved the ATM's request for a motion of no confidence and had suggested that it be placed on the programme for Thursday's plenary. 

The committee agreed, but didn't say anything further on the matter. 

While his predecessor, corruption-accused former president Jacob Zuma, survived seven motions of no confidence during his nine years as the head of government, it will be Ramaphosa's first since he took over the reins in February 2018. 

It was, ironically, a looming motion of no confidence in Zuma, brought by the EFF, which was leveraged to force him to hand over the keys to Tuynhuys. 

ATM leader Vuyolwethu Zungula first brought the motion in February this year. 

"ATM, being a faith-based organisation, gave this 6th administration under the leadership of President Ramaphosa a benefit of the doubt, on the back of the majority, albeit reduced electoral support they got. We thought, as social democrats, we should respect the will of the majority," reads the statement Zungula released at the time. 

"South Africa allowed President Ramaphosa a free hand to do things the new dawn way, but the country keeps sliding. 

"There has been summit after summit; round table after round table; pledges after pledges; one investment conference after another; youth gatherings and various women engagements, but instead the country keeps sinking. 

"As ATM, we are not aware of anything positive in South Africa, except the patience of the people which is also wearing thin." 

He then listed 15 reasons why Ramaphosa and his government should be removed. 

The reasons why the ATM wants Ramaphosa removed
  1. Ramaphosa's failure to disclose to parliament the R500 000 donation by Bosasa's late Gavin Watson for his campaign to become ANC leader.
  2. Ramaphosa "misled or lied to the Nation saying there would be no loadshedding until 13 January 2020, which was not true.
  3. The President’s failure to act against the Minister of Public Enterprises and the ESKOM board for misleading him on the load shedding programme.
  4. Loss of confidence in the South African Government by local and international investors due to indecisiveness and poor to non-existent leadership by the Head of State.
  5. The President’s failure to attend to the national outcry for a victim-centric justice system where retribution through the death penalty is tested in a referendum.
  6. The President’s failure to deal with the catastrophic level of unemployment which has now reached way unacceptable proportions of nearly 30%, thus posing a threat to national security. More than 10m people are unemployed.
  7. The President’s failure to deal with the level of inequality which is recorded by the World Bank and other international organisations to be the highest in the world, and further deteriorating under his watch.
  8. The killing of women has increased uncontrollably to unprecedented levels, with 3000 women murdered in 2018 under the watch of President Ramaphosa, while the number of sexual crimes including rape and sexual assault jumped by 4,6% to more than 50 000.
  9. The President’s failure to stop the collapse of State-Owned Companies.
  10. The President’s failure to deal with landless problems of the majority of the People in South Africa, in particular, the poor Africans.
  11. The President’s failure to ensure that Post Bank is given a commercial Banking license and converted into State Bank.
  12. The President has neglected his duty to the poor in favour of his personal funders who funded his own campaign to become the President of his own party.
  13. The President has failed to take the nation into his confidence by not revealing the identities of his campaign funders, instead to this day he acted with disdain to the nation by acquiring a Court order to seal the identities of his campaign funders. 
  14. The President’s failure to secure borders of South Africa and thus enabling the influx of illegal and undocumented foreign nationals into the country.
  15. The President's failure to protect the micro economy of the country for the exclusive ownership by South Africa and thus enabling the influx of illegal and undocumented foreign nationals into the country. 

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