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“DA’s no confidence motion a publicity stunt” - ANC

“DA’s no confidence motion a publicity stunt” - ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) has accused the Democratic Alliance (DA) of trivialising the motion of no confidence in the President vote, after the party’s application to the debate President Jacob Zuma’s firing of former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene last month, was given the go ahead by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete on Monday.

In a statement, ANC spokesperson in the office of Chief Whip Stone Sizani, Moloto Mothapo, said the latest motion proves that the DA are merely trying to “score a few headlines” as no factual motivation exists for Zuma to be recalled.

“A motion of no confidence is supposed to serve as a powerful and critical tool of oversight that Parliament has over the executive,” Mothapo said.

“The DA has turned this powerful parliamentary oversight mechanism into a trite ritual that very few in our society, rather than take seriously, correctly see it as a waste of parliament's valuable time”.

He also stated that the party’s consistent using of the motion points to misuse and making a “mockery of one of the most powerful functions Parliament possesses”, adding that the majority of South Africans continue to have confidence in Zuma’s leadership.