Zuma in precarious position

8 opposition parties have voiced their lack of confidence in Zuma and want him out of office.

Opposition parties have cited the Marikana tragedy as an example of poor leadership by President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma appears to be on unsteady ground on Friday morning with opposition parties tabling a vote of no confidence in the president.

There was also confirmation that Thabo Mbeki will be staying away from Zuma's lecture in his honour.

The lecture, which forms part of the ANC's centenary celebrations, will honour Mbeki in Aliwal North, Eastern Cape.

The Star newspaper is reporting the move by the former president is being seen as a snub and another vote of no confidence in Zuma.

Some analysts believe it shows Mbeki does not approve of Zuma's leadership of the ANC and the country.

Meanwhile, opposition party's show of unity in parliament on Thursday has been met with fierce criticism by the ANC.

On Thursday Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko tabled the notice of a motion of no confidence in the president supported by seven other opposition parties.

Mazibuko said her party will make sure the motion is debated as soon as possible.

"We will make sure we appeal to every forum that makes programming decisions to ensure this debate takes place as soon as possible."

Cope's Mosiuoa Lekota said the issue must be put to a vote.

"It is necessary that we obtain at least assurance by the speaker that there should be a secret ballot."

But the ANC chief whip has hit back describing the move as a desperate publicity stunt.

Meanwhile, Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin said the department does owe South Africa an explanation on how their money is being spent by the state.

On Thursday Cronin added however, that attempts by the DA and other parties, to have the Nkandla issue debated is premature.

"We are very keen in getting to understand where the money is being spent, how it is being spent and if there is any mis-expenditure."

The ANC was accused of blocking attempts by opposition parties to raise the matter in the National Assembly for debate.

Cronin said the issue is being probed.

"The DA has requested the Public Protector to look into this matter and as the Department of Public Works, we have indicated out full cooperation with the Public Protector in this matter because we also want to get to the bottom of this."

It's unclear if and when the issue will be debated, but in order for the motion to be passed it must be supported by than 50 percent of parliament.

Eight political parties are calling for a motion of no confidence in the president, citing the so called Nkandla-gate scandal and the Marikana tragedy as evidence of failed leadership.