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ANC caucus to table No Confidence Motion against Zuma

The rul­ing African Nation­al Con­gress (ANC) par­lia­men­tary cau­cus has agreed to table a Motion of No Con­fi­dence against Pres­i­dent Jacob Zuma on Thurs­day.

The announce­ment fol­lows a spe­cial meet­ing of the ANC MPs on Wednes­day, which was addressed by ANC Trea­sury Gen­er­al Paul Mashatile, to com­mu­ni­cate the deci­sion of the party’s Nation­al Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC) to recall Pres­i­dent Jacob Zuma.

“The NEC of the ANC has decid­ed to recall Pres­i­dent Zuma and the dead­line is today.  We are now pro­ceed­ing and we have asked the Chief Whip to pro­ceed with the Motion of No Con­fi­dence tomor­row in Par­lia­ment,” said Mashatile.

The gov­ern­ing par­ty had giv­en Pres­i­dent Zuma an option to resign but the Pres­i­dent has not yet indi­cat­ed he would accede to this call.

The Motion of No Con­fi­dence, Mashatile said, would pave the way for the gov­ern­ing par­ty to elect ANC Pres­i­dent and Deputy Pres­i­dent of the coun­try Cyril Ramaphosa as the new pres­i­dent of the repub­lic to fill the vacan­cy.

Mashatile said the par­lia­men­tary process­es will have to move with speed in antic­i­pa­tion that the new pres­i­dent will prob­a­bly have to deliv­er the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by Fri­day before the Bud­get which is sched­uled for Wednes­day next week.

The SONA, sched­uled for last Thurs­day, had to be post­poned. This, while the lead­er­ship of the ANC held what was described as lead­er­ship tran­si­tion talks with Pres­i­dent Zuma.

“For us as the lead­er­ship of the ANC, we can­not wait longer than today. We can’t con­tin­ue wait­ing. The deci­sion was tak­en and it must be imple­ment­ed,” Mashatile said.

ANC chief whip in par­lia­ment Jack­son Mthem­bu empha­sised that, depend­ing on the avail­abil­i­ty of the Chief Jus­tice, Deputy Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa could be inau­gu­rat­ed as Pres­i­dent by Thurs­day.

“The soon­er these mat­ters are dealt with, the bet­ter,” said Mthem­bu. —  


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