Political Analyst Ralph Mathekga says the envisaged motion of no confidence submitted by the African Transformation Movement (ATM) to remove President Cyril Ramaphosa has no chance to succeed.

The ATM has confirmed that it had received a response from the Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise acknowledging its request. If Modise gives the go-ahead for the motion, it will be the first of its kind against Ramaphosa, since he took over from Jacob Zuma.

Mathekga called the ATM’s presence in Parliament “insignificant”, as the party occupies only two seats in the National Assembly.

“First of all I would imagine the speaker is not just readily going to table this motion. I think we might see the back and forth tussle between the political parties before this motion can even be tabled. But if it gets tabled, it will be very interesting because it would have been initiated by the very small party that has got just about two seats in Parliament. However, if one looks at the current caucus of the ANC…I prefer to refer to it as the very unpredictable caucus and it’s not about this motion succeeding. I think it has got no chance of succeeding.”