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‘DA’s attempt at motion of no confidence against Zuma is a pipe dream’

MPs are debating a motion of no confidence in Jacob Zuma in the National Assembly this afternoon.

A screen grab of President Jacob Zuma addressing parliament on 18 February 2016 during his reply to the State of the Nation debate. Picture: YouTube
President Jacob Zuma,Democratic Alliance,Mothole Motshekga
Politics Local

CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Mathole Motshekga says the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) attempt to secure a vote of no confidence in the president is a ‘pipe dream’.

MPs are debating a motion of no confidence in Jacob Zuma in the National Assembly this afternoon, tabled by the official opposition.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane kicked off the debate by labelling Zuma a sell-out, who has sold out the people of South Africa.

“Jacob Zuma sold-out when, as deputy president, he took a R500,000 bribe from Schabir Shaik. He sold-out when he recalled a sitting State president who stood in his way of absolute power.”

Maimane went on to say Zuma sold-out when he manipulated the National Prosecuting Authority to drop charges on 783 counts of corruption, bribery, money laundering and racketeering against him.

He told ANC MPs, who hold the majority seats in the house, that they owe it to the country to support the motion.

“So ask yourself, do you want to be remembered as the servant of the people or sell outs of the people? The choice is yours.”

But Motshekga said the motion was destined to fail.

“Your members are coming with pipe dreams that there will be a motion that will be carried. Not in my life time [and] not in this Parliament will that happen.”

A similar motion brought by the DA in March last year failed to get the majority backing of MPs.

The Economic Freedom Fighters, the third biggest party in Parliament, refused to participate in the debate.

Click here to watch proceedings on the motion of no confidence against president Jacob Zuma in the National Assembly. 

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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