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EFF says no to vote in motion of confidence

By Charl Bosch - Mar 1, 2016
EFF says no to vote in motion of confidence

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has ruled itself out from participating in the Democratic Alliance’s motion of no confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma.

In a statement, party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the vote needs consideration first from the Constitutional Court, but that its application to have the sitting postponed for further investigation, was rejected by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

“It is our view that such a debate on vote of no confidence in Mr Zuma requires substance and judgement from the highest court in the land,” he said.

“Matters that are likely to be raised in the debate, which are going to be disregarded by the ANC, however legitimate they are, are what the EFF has presented to a full bench of Constitutional Court Judges. We will await judgement, and then take decisive action moving forward on what must be done”.

Ndlozi stated that party MP’s would however remain in Parliament to carry out other business of the House, but then depart before the vote as members of the ruling party are more than likely to vote against the motion.

“The ANC caucus in Parliament have shown, as they did before with the Nkandla matter, that they are not interested in protecting the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and do not want to hold the executive accountable,” Ndlozi continued.

“We refuse to legitimise a morally and politically compromised President of the ANC through another process of Parliament, [and will therefore] not to participate in the motion of no confidence in Mr Zuma”.