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Opposition gears up for no confidence in Zuma debate

MPs are to debate the DA’s motion of no confidence against the president in the National Assembly tomorrow.

President Jacob Zuma delivered an update on several initiatives and programs announced in his State of the Nation address at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 11 August 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN
President Jacob Zuma,Democratic Alliance,vote of no confidence in Zuma
Local Politics

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma's management of the economy and of the country will come under opposition attack in the National Assembly tomorrow.

MPs are to debate the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s motion of no confidence against the president.

The official opposition wants a vote, by secret ballot, and for Cabinet ministers not to participate because of a “conflict of interest”.

Zuma was in the firing line during the State of the Nation debate two weeks ago, with opposition parties using the Nkandla debacle and the removal of former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene as ammunition.

Since then, his detractors have reloaded.

Moves by the Hawks to question Nene’s successor, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan about a so-called rogue unit at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) is threatening to rattle an already fragile economy.

The DA will also go into the debate emboldened that its long-running legal fight challenging a decision to drop corruption charges against the president is scheduled to be heard in the High Court in Pretoria tomorrow.

The party wants the court to set aside former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) acting head Mokotedi Mpshe’s 2009 decision to drop the charges on the basis that it was irrational and unconstitutional.

Mpshe decided that the so-called spy tapes showed an abuse of prosecutorial processes for political reasons.

The tapes are recorded phone conversations that allegedly revealed collusion between the former head of the now defunct Scorpions Leonard McCarthy and the NPA's former head Bulelani Ngcuka, to manipulate Zuma's prosecution ahead of the African National Congress (ANC)’s elective conference in Polokwane in 2007.

A decision to prosecute Zuma was taken in 2005 and again in 2007.

Zuma was elected ANC president at the Polokwane conference, beating Thabo Mbeki.

In September 2008, the ANC decided to recall Mbeki as head of state. He then resigned from office.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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