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Court to rule on DA's 'no confidence' case

Judgment is expected to be delivered by the Western Cape High Court on the controversial court application.

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 - Opposition parties will know on Wednesday whether the Western Cape High Court will force the National Assembly Speaker to schedule a debate on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

But Judge Dennis Davis warned lawyers that Wednesday's events in the National Assembly might have an impact on his decision.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko took the issue to court because she wanted the debate to take place urgently.

Judge Davis is wary of the fact that the National Assembly will discuss the motion of no confidence against Zuma.

And it could decide if and when it is debated.

Speaer of Parliament, Max Sisulu, referred the matter to the National Assembly when parliament's programming committee failed to reach a consensus on whether the motion should be scheduled.

ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said the DA jumped the gun with this application.

"The opposition wanted to dress the speaker with powers he did not have. I think they must hope they learn a lesson from here."

But Mazibuko remained confident in the case.

"There will be some further discussion, both within the ANC and the opposition about whether or not or when the motion of no confidence debate should go forward. We'll await the outcome of those discussions, but in the meantime we want to hear from the judge."

Zuma is 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.