ANC doesn't trust its own MPs - DA

Opposition parties criticised the ANC for using its majority in Parly to silence the no confidence debate.

Parliament. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties on Thursday criticised the ANC for using its majority in Parliament to silence debate on the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

Last week, eight opposition parties tabled the motion in the National Assembly.

The parties cited the development at Zuma's Nkandla home and the Marikana shooting as some of the reasons behind their decision.

But earlier, the parliamentary programming committee, which determines the agenda of the house, was unable to schedule the issue for debate because the ANC would not agree to it.

Following a heated meeting, committee chairperson Max Sisulu concluded by saying that the motion would not be placed on the agenda.

"The solution is no consensus. We are not going to put it on the agenda. If need be, we might call another meeting but for now this gathering is adjourned."

The Democratic Alliance's Wattie Watson said the ANC was running scared.

"The only reason is that they don't trust their members to vote."

Congress of the People's Juli Killian said, "It's unprecedented that a majority party has absolutely denounced to have a debate on a motion of no confidence."

The ANC labelled the motion "frivolous and unfounded".

This comes weeks before the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung.

Zuma is widely expected to retain his position as party president.