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SA must help ANC support motion of no confidence in Zuma - DA

SA must help ANC support motion of no confidence in Zuma - DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on South Africans to encourage African National Congress (ANC) members of Parliament to support next week’s motion of no confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma.

This comes party leader Mmusi Maimane on Tuesday wrote to all cabinet minister and deputy ministers, asking them rescue themselves from voting on the grounds of a conflict of interests, as well as to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, for the vote to be done via a secret ballot.

“President Zuma’s recklessness with the economy has cost South Africa dearly – 8.3-million South Africans are without jobs, or have giving up looking for jobs, and the vast majority of these are young people,” DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said in a statement.

“His disastrous decision to fire Nhlanhla Nene, and the admissions made by his counsel in the Constitutional Court, put it beyond doubt that he is not fit to be President. The ANC caucus should use the opportunity to put their loyalty to building a better South Africa ahead of their loyalty to President Zuma by supporting the motion”.

ANC spokesperson Moloto Mathapo however described Maimane’s call as “fanciful” and “bizarre”, saying it does not conform to the rules of the Constitution, or the procedures that govern the National Assembly.