ANC backs Zuma despite no confidence motion

The ANC believes in President Jacob Zuma’s leadership despite a notion of no confidence from opposition.

The IFP’s Mangosuthu Buthelezi, DA’s Lindiwe Mazibuko, COPE’s Mosiuoa Lekota and ACDP’s Kenneth Meshoe at a briefing where they announced their intention to raise a motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The ANC on Thursday slammed a move by several opposition parties to bring a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma before Parliament.

Eight opposition groups joined forces in a bid to have Zuma voted out of office by the National Assembly.

The ruling party's Moloto Mothapo said ANC parliamentarians plan to counter the motion.

"As the ANC, we have tabled a notion of our motion in which we propose to the National Assembly that will reaffirm its full confidence in the leadership of President Jacob Zuma."

Zuma's leadership has come under attack in recent months following reports of millions being spent on upgrading his homestead Nkandla and a new shopping centre closer to his home.

Some have called for an investigation into this, saying taxpayers' money is being misused by the government.

Zuma has defended both developments, saying he has done nothing wrong.

Meanwhile, the ANC will elect new leadership in Mangaung in December.

The ANC Youth League has made it clear that they want change in the ruling party's top six.

The league has proposed that Zuma should be replaced by his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe.