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‘ANC members won’t assist DA-sponsored motion to remove Zuma’

ANC’s Jackson Mthembu says removing President Zuma through a motion of no confidence would plunge the country into a state of political and economic uncertainty.

FILE: ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) Parliamentary Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says although party colleagues have raised concern over state capture during meetings, they will not support a Democratic Alliance (DA)-sponsored motion to get rid of the president.

Mthembu says removing Jacob Zuma through a motion of no confidence would plunge the country into a state of political and economic uncertainty.

The vote is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 8 August.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has yet to announce whether parliamentarians will be allowed to vote in secret.

Opposition parties believe a secret ballot is crucial because it would allow ANC members to vote with their conscience.

But ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says the motion will be defeated regardless of whether the vote is open or not.

“Because this opposition wants to remove the ANC government. Now, who in his right mind from the ANC desks would then assist such an opposition in removing its government?”

Former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom on Thursday revealed more than half of the ANC’s MPs were very worried about what is going on in the country considering the state capture revelations.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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