Democratic Alliance pondering

Democratic Alliance pondering legal action over vote of no confidence against Jacob Zuma

The Democratic Alliance has accused National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete of protecting President Jacob Zuma by delaying the debate of a motion of no-confidence.

Democratic Alliance pondering

The Democratic Alliance wants to go down the legal route to have a vote of no confidence debated against President Jacob Zuma. The DA had been gunning for a motion of no confidence for almost a month and following the events relating to the State Capture report, wanted the matter addressed urgently.

According to News24:

The National Assembly’s rules were clear about the urgency with which a motion of no confidence in the president should be scheduled, Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said in a statement on Sunday.

The statement carried on:

“The Speaker must accord such motion of no confidence due priority and before scheduling it must consult with the leader of government business and the chief whip,” Steenhuisen said, citing the relevant rule.

“The inexplicable delay which has dogged this motion has been raised in numerous fora, to no avail.”

The motion was not on Friday’s programme for this week’s sitting,though, and the DA say it will now be “delayed by at least another week”.

“We would have hoped that the embarrassing defeats suffered by the executive and Parliament, more particularly in our courts of law, would have shown the Speaker the futility of her delaying tactics.

“Sadly, Mbete doesn’t learn. We believe this latest ploy will only embolden those high-ranking ANC parliamentarians that have chosen to break rank in recent times to now support our motion, and put a stop to the kleptocratic, indefensible Zuma presidency.