South African Opposition Call For Urgent Motion Of No Confidence In Zuma

Two South African opposition parties on Thursday urged Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete to schedule an urgent sitting of Parliament for the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma to be debated and voted on.

South Africa cannot continue to be held in limbo while Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Zuma and their respective factions continue to fight over the terms of Zuma’s exit, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said.

“We need a swift resolution to this impasse as soon as possible,” said Maimane.

The call came after Ramaphosa said on Wednesday he and Zuma need more time to conclude their discussions on the transition of power and matters relating to Zuma’s position as the President of the Republic.

Maimane said he had consulted with the leadership of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to push for an urgent anti-Zuma motion of no confidence on Feb. 13.

“As public servants, it is our duty to place the best interests of the country before party political interests,” Maimane said.

He said the DA and EFF flatly reject any amnesty agreement or special deal for Zuma to exit.

“He (Zuma) is not above the law, and must still face the 783 criminal charges illegally dropped over a decade ago and which the courts have now revived,” said Maimane.

Zuma’s fate remains unclear after Parliament on Tuesday postponed the State of the Nation Address amid growing calls for Zuma to resign.

Zuma was originally scheduled to deliver the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Feb. 21.

The postponement of SONA was seen as an indication that Zuma might resign soon.

Since Ramaphosa was elected as ANC President in December, pressure has been mounting on Zuma to resign due to his alleged involvement in a series of corruption scandals.

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