Zuma ‘no-confidence’ case in court

A judge is listening to the DA’s argument over the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

Opposition parties turn to courts in an attempt to have the no confidence motion in Jacob Zuma debated in Parliament. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko's lawyer on Tuesday told the Western Cape High Court that a motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma should take precedence over other matters in the National Assembly.

Earlier in November, eight opposition parties tabled the motion in Parliament, but the ANC blocked efforts to schedule the debate.

This prompted the DA to take the matter to court.

Mazibuko wants the court to compel National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu to take the necessary steps to ensure the motion of no-confidence is scheduled for debate on either Wednesday or Thursday.

Advocate Anton Katz has been trying to convince Judge Dennis Davis that the matter should be urgently debated.

Mazibuko's representative said the motion would lapse if it is not scheduled before the end of the parliamentary year.

Davis occasionally interrupted the advocate to ask questions.

At one point, the judge questioned whether the courts have the authority to tell Parliament to rearrange its schedule.

Opposition parties claim to have lost faith in Zuma's ability to lead following the Nkandla debacle and the Marikana shooting.

Zuma is also under fire for upgrading his Nkandla home at an estimated R250 million.

His critics believe this is a slap in the face to the poor.