Ramaphosa state of disaster address nation

Cyril Ramaphosa could address South Africa ‘within the next 48 hours’ -Image: GCIS/ Flickr

Ramaphosa WILL face a motion of no confidence – six things you need to know

We now finally have a date for Cyril Ramaphosa’s showdown in Parliament – but what can we expect from this motion of no confidence?

Ramaphosa state of disaster address nation

Cyril Ramaphosa could address South Africa ‘within the next 48 hours’ -Image: GCIS/ Flickr

Cyril Ramaphosa will have his date with destiny at the end of the month, after the House Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula confirmed that Parliament would debate a motion of no confidence in the president.

Ramaphosa’s showdown in Parliament…

After four years and one month in charge of South Africa, Ramaphosa will now face his first ever no confidence motion. Two parties have requested his head on a platter, and a debate will also be held during the session.

Truth be told, Ramaphosa is likely to survive any no confidence vote. However, it won’t all be plain sailing. The ANC is ravaged with factionalism, and some of the opposition Cyril will face is likely to come from within his own party.

Six things to know about the motion of no confidence:

Who has filed the motion of no confidence?

There are two separate motions of no confidence that will be debated, and they’ve been filed by the DA and the ATM respectively. In fact, the latter party have been gunning for this vote since early 2020.

It’s not just the president who will come under fire…

The house will ALSO consider a motion of no confidence filed against the current Cabinet by the DA. Last month, John Steenhuisen revealed his party’s plans try and get the president’s inner circle dissolved.

Have we got a date for this?

Sure have! It’s been set down for Thursday 30 March, which gives you another 20 days to book the afternoon off work and replenish your popcorn supplies – because it’s going to be a blockbuster session in Parliament.

Will the ballot be held in secret?

Nope. And that’s despite a huge challenge from the DA. All MPs who vote will not be able to keep their decision anonymous – something that the opposition feels is hugely unfair to the process.

How many votes are needed for the motion of no confidence pass?

Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos confirmed that the official number required is 201 votes – a 50% + 1 requirement which would signal a MAJORITY of MPs no longer have faith in Ramaphosa.

“The number of votes needed for a vote of no confidence would therefore normally be 201 out of 400. The number remains the same even if, say 200 MPs do not attend the sitting… then, clearly, the motion will not pass.”

Pierre de Vos

What happens if it is successful?

Cyril Ramaphosa would be legally compelled to resign, and a new leader would have to be elected. This has never happened in our democratic history, but Jacob Zuma came mighty close to an ousting in 2017.