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Zuma to face fresh motion of no confidence debate in March

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete set down 1 March for the debate.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - A fresh motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be debated in the National Assembly next month.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) called for the motion in December after Zuma's rapid fire reshuffle of finance ministers caused a sell-off of the rand.

Zuma came under renewed fire for this when parties debated his State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament this week.

He is set to respond to the debate in Parliament this afternoon.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane wanted the motion debated urgently, claiming that South Africans had lost faith in Zuma and that it was the best way to hold him to account.

Today, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete set down 1 March for MPs to debate the motion.

"In the consultations between the speaker, the chief whip and the leader of government business, Cyril Ramaphosa, the one concern from government was the motion's debate and location must not clutter anything around the budget."

The African National Congress (ANC)'s accused the DA of turning a powerful parliamentary oversight mechanism into a trite ritual.

The opposition party brought an earlier motion of no confidence against Zuma last March, when it failed to muster the necessary support of two-thirds of MPs.

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