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Mbete trying to protect Zuma by delaying no confidence motion - DA

Mbete trying to protect Zuma by delaying no confidence motion - DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete of back tracking on her decision to approve a motion of no confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma.

On Monday, the party announced that Mbete had granted permission for the motion to be debated in Parliament at the first instance, but that she has since hinted it may not happen as a result of a “busy parliamentary programme”.

In a statement, DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said the sudden reversal is a clear indication that Mbete is trying to shield Zuma from accountability.

“Motions of no confidence clearly take priority when it comes to parliamentary programming and the Speaker’s suggestion that this year’s programme is too “busy” is an insufficient excuse,” Steenhuisen said.

“President Zuma recklessly fired Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, which sent the rand into an almost unprecedented downward spiral. His economic leadership has been incredibly poor and he and his cabinet are bordering on intellectual bankruptcy when it comes to ideas to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

“It is for these reasons that Parliament needs to debate this motion and remove Jacob Zuma as President once and for all”.