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Mthembu: Removing Zuma not in best interests of country

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu has reiterated that ANC MPs were deployed to the legislature by the party and are therefore required to toe the party line.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu at The Gathering: Media Edition at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 3 August 2017. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) Parliamentary Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says that voting in favour of a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma is tantamount to dropping a nuclear bomb on the country.

The Democratic Alliance-sponsored motion will be debated in the National Assembly next Tuesday.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has yet to announce whether Members of Parliament (MPs) will be allowed to vote in secret.

But regardless of her decision, Mthembu says the ruling party will defeat the motion because removing the president is not in the best interest of the country.

“It will result in the entire Cabinet having to resign, which will lead to a collapse in government with long lasting ramifications.”

Mthembu has reiterated that ANC MPs were deployed to the legislature by the party and are therefore required to toe the party line.

“Members of the ANC and members of the DA, members of the EFF in this Parliament are here at the behest of their parties and that’s what the good Chief Justice said as well.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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