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ANC to block Zuma no-confidence motion

By Sapa | Nov 14, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 56 ]

"If these opposition parties want a president of their choice, they should wait for the elections in 2014; we will be ready to contest them"

The ANC will block the opposition’s attempt to have a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma debated in the National Assembly.

The African National Congress’s parliamentary caucus met on Wednesday to discuss the proposed motion, ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said.

“There was unanimous agreement that this is a frivolous motion, which has nothing to do with Section 102 and Section 89 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, which deals with the removal of the president from office.

“The motion of the opposition about the alleged violation of the Constitution by President [Jacob] G Zuma is without foundation and cannot be supported by fact,” he said.

Last week, Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko gave notice in the Assembly of a motion of no confidence in Zuma.

The motion was brought on the grounds “that under his leadership the justice system has been politicised and weakened; corruption has spiralled out of control; unemployment continues to increase, the economy is weakening, and the right of access to quality education has been violated”.

The motion was “mandated” by eight opposition parties, including the African Christian Democratic Party, the Azanian People’s Organisation, Congress of the People, Freedom Front Plus, Inkatha Freedom Party, the United Christian Democratic Party, and the United Democratic Movement.

Motshekga said it was not the first time that the opposition had tabled such a frivolous motion.

“Problematic and frivolous as the 2010 motion of no confidence was, we agreed to it [then] to prove and make a point to the sceptical detractors that we are committed to parliamentary democracy and that this movement never shies away from a debate.

“Indeed, we emerged with flying colours from that debate and Parliament reaffirmed its confidence in the president,” he said.

However, it was cause for concern that Parliament should be abused with a “flurry of frivolous motions which are motivated by nothing other than a desire for cheap publicity”.

It would be a complete travesty and an unsustainable precedent to allow a frivolous motion, which was based solely on spurious allegations rather than facts, to be afforded the dignity of consideration and debate by Parliament.

“The motion by these opposition parties, which they know as anyone else its chances of success are zero, seeks to try the president in a court of public opinion and tarnish his image and that of the ANC in the media.

“If these opposition parties want a president of their choice, they should wait for the elections in 2014; we will be ready to contest them.

“Caucus has therefore unanimously decided to oppose the programming of this motion on the order paper of the National Assembly,” Motshekga said.

Earlier on Wednesday, DA Chief Whip Watty Watson said Parliament would be “rendered powerless” by the ANC if it used its majority to block this no-confidence motion.

COMMENTS [ 56 ]

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veeee! and f***k you too, jajarag..... in your immortal words. The prez needs to be reined in and will not listen to anyone. So some measures need to be taken by someone.

Nov 16, 2012 8:46 | 0 replies

Mbongo: With respect, Sir. Impeachment is a process used throughout the world, and sometimes it does actually work. Your loyalty to a morally stagnant self-enrichment fraternity is admirable, though, albeit rather trite.

Nov 15, 2012 12:28 | 0 replies

When you do not know what you are doing, you will always be threaten by everything that passes, even a mere fly! It is crystal clear that the ruling party does not know what they doing otherwise they will allow the debate and put their facts on the table, the one that they say the opposition does not have. They owe it to the people that put them there. I am with the opposition party on this one. Where is Mr blade? can you please make sure that your party comply or will you please enforce the section to work on him this time.

Nov 15, 2012 12:26 | 0 replies

These so called opposition parties are so desperate about power. Let me teach them something which they don,t know. The president in South Africa is appointed through the vote of the people not through parliament that is presidential system not parliamentary system. If they want power, they must wait for elections where people will decide which party comes into power. DA and Lekota are just so desperate of power which they would not even get. Hellen Zille must forget that she will ever rule this country. She can make alot of noise and it will just end there. Lekota failed as the premier of OFS, failed as the Mini of Defence, forget, Cope will also never rule this country, nxaa

Nov 15, 2012 12:23 | 0 replies

Truth is the ANC is not sure of itself now than in 2010 when they allowed the parliamentary motion. If bebezethembile they wouldn't be purturbed by such calls coz they would clinch the majority vote.

The sooner the ANC realises that these tactics of blocking motions have no long term sustainability the better for them.

But them again those ANC MP's are in there for themselves and their immediate future interests so any parliamentary decision is based on such.

Once again the opposition is learning to play on ANC's vulnerability and weaknesses which political tactic used everywhere in the world.

Nov 15, 2012 11:33 | 0 replies

Now it's just a time for change I am so sure that Mr Mandela succeded by Mr Thabo Mbeki Going back to the ANC before Mr Zuma's and Mr Mantashe's and the Mr Malema's and the Mr Blade's ,at least they are still alive(Mandela and Mbeki's)to see how were their future comrades were gonna be like.Atleast they can see their hard work getting destroyed by jus a flick of a finger.

Our dream party being destroyed just by Mr Zuma and his allies.

Nov 15, 2012 10:30 | 0 replies

Well, This no-confidence motion is a joke.

Nov 15, 2012 10:30 | 0 replies

shaim msholozi sekudlalwa ngawe ngoku ndikubone kwi R50 intloko inkulu iphumele ngaphandle krkrkrkrrk

Nov 15, 2012 10:9 | 0 replies

mavovokhabs: Dream on, Sir.

Nov 15, 2012 9:57 | 0 replies

Viva ANC Viva!!!

The DA must be happy now since they have 93% support of the media in all angles. Comrades let us not cry the leader and ANC will lead forever. We'll make changes if we want not to be directed by our enemies. Comrades will make changes as the weather change but let us unite and be together forever. For any change to the DA is impossible, let it tell us what is good for them than criticizing our leaders and ANC. No matter whether DA have media support and wealthy we are Africans and African will lead Africa forever. The change that we expecting from the DA is when it is lead by African expressing the importance of Rural development, education, farming and more infrastructural development.

Nov 15, 2012 9:45 | 0 replies

Djembe...i think you are an i.d.i.o.t...but i would not put myself to your level a.s.s.h.o.l.e. In a demecratic country poeple talk, critisize, and they have freedom of expression and insults is not one of them. djembe use your brain to engage in a proper discussions with other poeple. lastly pull your head out of zuma's a.s.s you will see how corrupt the country and the African Criminal Nkandlagate

Nov 15, 2012 9:26 | 0 replies