Parliament to decide on no-confidence debate

The motion of no-confidence in Jacob Zuma may move to the National Assembly.

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 - Parliament's Programming Committee is expected to decide on Thursday whether the motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma will make it onto the National Assembly's agenda.

Last week, eight opposition parties tabled the notice of motion, claiming South Africa lacks leadership.

The parties include the Democratic Alliance (DA), the 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 'Nkandlagate' saga demonstrated the country's lack of leadership.

Zuma's home in Nkandla is being upgraded at an estimated value of over R200 million.

The opposition parties want Zuma's future to be debated in Parliament, followed by a vote on whether he should stay on as president.

DA Chief Whip Watty Watson said: "The decision must be taken that this matter be debated as a matter of urgency. Only this week and next week are open for debates of any kind."

However, the African National Congress (ANC) wants to stop the motion from being placed on the parliamentary programme.

ANC spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said: "We have a valid reason why it should not be on the order paper."

Whether or not the motion will be debated in the house depends on what happens during Thursday's programming committee meeting, which is chaired by National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu.