DA to submit no confidence motion against Zuma

BY CHARL BOSCH - DECEMBER 14, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced it would be submitting an application to the office of National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, to debate a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

This follows Zuma’s shock announcement on Sunday evening that Finance Minister David van Rooyen would be replaced by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Pravin Gordhan, a mere four days after he took over from Nhanhla Nene.

In a statement, party leader Mmusi Maimane said while Parliament is only expected to re-open in February next year, the matter needs to be addressed urgently as “the nation has entirely lost trust in Jacob Zuma as President”.

“Our economy has expressed enormous ill-confidence in President Zuma as it was sent into a tailspin, losing over two hundred billion rand in value in the past days, and forcing up South Africa’s sovereign debt costs that will ultimately steal funding from the poor,” Maimane said.

He added that even members from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) expressed a lack of confidence in Zuma after the relatively unknown van Rooyen was announced as Nene’s replacement on Wednesday, and that only internal party pressures forced him to backtrack.

“The people of South Africa have lost confidence in Jacob Zuma and hundreds of thousands have expressed their intention for Zuma to fall,” Maimane said, referring to the twitter hashtag #ZumaMustFall.

“South Africa has reached the ceiling of the cost Jacob Zuma can inflict upon our nation. A motion of no confidence is the best mechanism to ensure that President Zuma is brought to account”.

In September, the party’s motion to impeach Zuma over the controversy surrounding Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was struck off the roll by Parliament, while a similar no confidence was rejected in March.