ANC backs Zuma ahead of no confidence vote
The party says motions of no confidence have become frivolous & its support for Zuma remains unshaken.
JOHANNESBURG - Ahead of a motion of no confidence due to be tabled in Parliament today, the African National Congress (ANC) says its supports of President Jacob Zuma is unshaken and has described the attempt to have him removed from office as feeble.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) plans to table the motion this afternoon, and has asked for cabinet ministers and deputies to be barred from the vote, due to their conflicting professional and private interests.
It also wants the vote to be conducted through a secret ballot to prevent fear mongering, but the ANC says these requests are unconstitutional and baseless.
The party says Zuma's capability to lead South Africa was reflected through his decision to create the National Development Plan.
It also says Zuma's recent appointment as co-chair of the UN'S Commission on Health, Employment and Economic Growth demonstrates the confidence working class people of the world have in his leadership.
The ANC says the DA lacks superior arguments to convince Parliament why Zuma should not lead, which is why it has requested restrictions on who is allowed to vote.
The motion will be tabled this afternoon.