The Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete has finally announced a date for the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma to be tabled on the 22nd of February.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputy President Floyd Shivambo says they don’t agree with the date as they want Zuma out before the 8th of February.
Shivambu is unhappy that the motion will only be debated after the State of the Nation Address by President Zuma
” We are insisting as the EFF that the motion of no confidence must happen before the SONA because its useless to listen to a person who will be removed anyway as the President. We’re more than confident that ANC Mps will vote with all political parties that want JZ gone. In the ANC majority of the members recently elected to the NEC are of the view that JZ is no longer suitable to the president of the republic,” says Shivambu.
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More clarity about President Jacob Zuma’s future is expected to emerge when he comes face to face with the ANC’s top officials this weekend. The party has to decide whether Zuma, as Head of State, will deliver the State of the Nation Address next week. Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Thandi Modise, left the question open when she said yesterday that quote – “whoever is president at the time” would give the SONA.
Meanwhile, The ANC Veterans League in Limpopo has added its voice to calls for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma. The Veterans League in the province has also accused the party’s newly elected Secretary General, Ace Magashule, of blind loyalty to the president.
Provincial Spokesperson Thabiso Mampuru lashed out at Magashule for contradicting ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“The veterans feel that you know the image of the ANC has suffered enough, it has been dented enough under his presidency. It is only correct that we do not have those two centres of power that president Zuma should in fact resign. And with regards to Mr Magashule the veterans are saying it is disingenuous for the ANC secretary general to contradict what the president of the ANC is saying.”
SPEAKER PROVIDES WRITTEN REPLIES to REQUESTS FROM DA and EFF LEADERS REGARDING FORTHCOMING STATE of the NATION ADDRESS (Text)