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Motlanthe won’t be drawn on Zuma no confidence debate

Last month, Motlanthe spoke at Ahmed Kathrada’s funeral, quoting the late stalwart’s letter in which he asked President Jacob Zuma to resign.

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe watches on during the late struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada's official state funeral at Westpark cemetery in Johannesburg on 29 March 2017. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Former President Kgalema Motlanthe says he won’t be drawn on the vote of no confidence debate against President Jacob Zuma, saying it’s a matter for the courts to determine.

The United Democratic Movement and now the Inkatha Freedom Party have filed affidavits to the Constitutional Court to apply for a secret ballot in the motion.

Last month, Motlanthe spoke at Ahmed Kathrada’s funeral, quoting the late stalwart’s letter in which he asked Zuma to resign.

He says he will not comment on the vote of no confidence matter at this stage.

“I’m here as part of the high-level panel and we don’t want to participate in that particularly because it’s a matter that’s covered with by the Constitution, it’s a matter that’s sub-judice. The court are going to make a determination on that issue.”

Motlanthe was speaking on Thursday at the Speaker’s Forum in Johannesburg after presenting a preliminary report on his panel’s investigation into the country’s key legislation.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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