Motion of no confidence in Zuma

Opposition parties say they have lost confidence in President Jacob Zuma’s leadership.

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 - Eight opposition parties on Thursday announced that they will be tabling a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in Parliament.

The parties include the Democratic Alliance (DA), Congress of the People (Cope) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).

In a joint statement, the parties said the Marikana tragedy, where 34 miners were killed by police during the violent protests, and the so-called 'Nkandla-gate' demonstrated the country's lack of leadership.

Zuma's home in Nkandla reportedly received an upgrade at an estimated value of over R200 million.

Cope leader Mosioua Lekota said the motion will be tabled in Parliament with a call for Zuma's future to be debated.

"President Zuma no longer has confidence of our political parties to serve as president on the grounds that, under his leadership, the justice system has been weakened and politicised."

The DA's parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said the Speaker of Parliament Max Sisulu must allow the debate to happen.

"I have no doubt that the speaker will realise the gravity and the importance, not only of this motion, but of the fact that many opposition parties have come together and submitted it, to make it a priority to table it as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, the ANC is expected to re-elect Zuma in its elective conference in Mangaung in December.

It is not yet clear whether Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will challenge Zuma for the position.