No confidence motion in Zuma again heading for Parliament


An application by the Democratic Alliance (DA) for a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, has been the given the green light by the office of National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

The announcement comes after Zuma’s surprise decision last month to replace Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister with little known ANC MP David van Rooyen, a move he reversed four days in appointing former Minister Pravin Gordham after the rand breached the R16 level against the US Dollar for the first time.

In a statement, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said it has become more important than ever for Parliament to debate its trust in Zuma as President.

“The initial decision to fire Minister Nene was reckless and irrational, and the reaction – both domestically and internationally – was predictable and justified,” Maimane said.

Reacting to Zuma’s comments that the country and markets overreacted when Nene was fired, Maimane said the President’s “blatant denial” is nothing but an “insult to every South African who has felt, and will continue to feel, the damaging effects his decision had on our economy”.

“The President fired a fiscally responsible minister at a time when our economy required strong and bold leadership, showing his nonchalant approach to our economy,” Maimane continued.

“President Zuma’s leadership on the economy is non-existent, and he is incapable of leading us out of the crisis of low growth and high unemployment that we face. It is for these reasons that Parliament ought to remove Jacob Zuma as President once and for all”.

A previous no confidence motion was struck off the roll by Parliament in March while the party’s attempt to impeach Zuma over the controversial visit of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in September, was also dismissed.