Speaker’s stalling of blind no confidence vote “unacceptable” - DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 29, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete of delaying its application for a secret ballot in Tuesday’s motion of confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma.

In a statement, party Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said over one-million South Africans have signed the party’s online petition to have African National Congress (ANC) members support the motion, but that confirmation from Mbete or her office remains outstanding.

“This seems like yet another of the Speaker’s signature stall tactics and is simply unacceptable considering the fact that the motion is scheduled for tomorrow and the severity of its nature,” he said.

“The motion promises to be one of the most important in history, and it deserves to be done in as fair a manner as possible”.

Last week, DA leader Mmusi Maimane called on MP’s from the ruling party “to rescue themselves” from voting on the grounds of a conflict of interests, and to put the “interests of the 8.3-million unemployed South Africans before their own”.