The African National Congress (ANC) has rejected a motion of no confidence in President Cyril Ramaphosa by the African Transformation Movement (ATM), calling the vote frivolous instead of focusing on serious issues.
“Instead of bringing Parliament’s attention to the genuine issues that fuel the aspirations of the South African people, ATM has wasted Parliament’s time by submitting proposals that they know are unlikely to succeed.
There is no excuse for such reckless proposal, “said ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said in a statement on Thursday.
The Citizen reported that the ATM brought forward the motion over the sealing of the CR17 campaign bank statements, continued implementation of loading shedding, and Ramaphosa’s failure to solve unemployment in the country.
Mabe said the ANC has noted that ATM is considering postponing the motion to February 2021, and they intend to approach the court for a secret ballot.
“They are displaying fear of irrelevance. Whatever the court decides, the ANC is ready to defeat the motion,” said Mabe.
DA Chief Whip, Natasha Mazzone, said her party regards the ATM proposal as nothing more than a reckless internal ANC faction battle that took place in Parliament.
The DA will abstain from this vote, even in Parliament next year.
“Abstinence is not a vote to support President Ramaphosa. Instead, we refuse to engage in the chaotic fighting that is taking place inside the ANC.
We will continue to hold the President and his government accountable through parliamentary and legal processes,” Mazzone said.
“The secret ballot matter is now between ATM, former President Jacob Zuma, ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule faction, the National Assembly, speaker Thandi Modise and the Western Cape Division of the High Court,” Mazzone said.
Mazzone said the ATM motion is a waste of Parliament programme which needed to consider and deliberate various budgets of departments and entities submitted to it.
ATM missed this opportunity. “We are sure ANC MPs represent us well during the debate, “said Mabe.
The ANC urges ATMs to focus on inputs that will support President Ramaphosa Economic Transformation and Recovery Plan so that together we can steer the country’s economy on an irreversible upward trend.
Mabe said the secret voting is a matter between ATMs, Parliament, the ANC faction, and the court.