DA motion of no confidence

DA leader, John Steenhuisen.
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No confidence motion for Cabinet: Here’s how the vote will work

Members of Parliament will today vote in a motion of no confidence against Ramaphosa’s cabinet tabled by the DA. How does this work?

DA motion of no confidence

DA leader, John Steenhuisen.
Photo: Parliament RSA / Twitter

The motion of no confidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet tabled by the Democratic Alliance (DA) is scheduled for Wednesday, 30 March 2022.

This is one of the motions that will be debated on Wednesday. Another one was tabled by the African Transformation Movement (ATM) against President Cyril Ramaphosa. The party wants it to be conducted via a secret ballot as it fears that certain ANC members will not openly vote against Ramaphosa. 


The DA will need a simple majority from all voters present in the house. This is known as the 50% + 1 rule. If all 400 elected Members of Parliament cast a vote, that means a total of 201 votes would need to be cast in favour of the no confidence motion for it to be successfully upheld.

The DA, and all other opposition parties, hold just 170 seats in the National Assembly. Even if it is assumed that everyone bar the ANC votes to oust the Cabinet, they are going to need an additional 31 votes from the ANC benches.

The DA had asked Parliamentary Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to block Cabinet members from the proceedings, but their request was denied.

The DA’s no confidence motion in the cabinet, excluding the President, did not include a request for a secret ballot.

DA leader John Steenhuisen had argued that there would be a conflict of interest, if Cabinet members were allowed to take part in the motion of no confidence that seeks to remove them from office. 

“If President Ramaphosa won’t fire any of his crooks and freeloaders in Cabinet, we will take that burden off his hands and do it for him,” he said.

When voting during a virtual or hybrid sitting, the National Assembly Rules make provision for members to cast their vote either electronically, by voice, or by having their vote recorded by their respective whips.

The Speaker previously stated that political parties could make submissions to her office on her ruling regarding the voting procedure for her consideration.

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