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EFF refrains from taking part in motion of no confidence against Zuma

The DA has brought the motion, arguing that South Africans have lost confidence in the president.

FILE: A screen grab of Economic Freedom Fighters members in Parliament. Picture: YouTube.

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it won't be taking part in this afternoon's debate on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has brought the motion, arguing that South Africans have lost confidence in the president since his rapid-fire reshuffle of finance ministers in December sent the rand into a tailspin.

The African National Congress is meanwhile gearing up to defend Zuma, and given its superior numbers, is likely to easily defeat the motion.

The EFF wanted the debate postponed until after the Constitutional Court's handed down its ruling on the powers of the Public Protector and whether or not President Zuma violated the constitution over the Nkandla spending saga

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said, "We are in a better position as Parliament, as another arm of the State, to have a conversation about President Zuma's fitness to hold office only after the Constitutional Court has pronounced itself on this matter."

Ndlozi says the party wrote to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and to the DA asking for the debate to be shelved but that they did not agree.

He says the party won't be taking part in the debate but that its Members of Parliament will nevertheless be in the house this afternoon.

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

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