'No confidence motion not for courts to decide'

Judge Dennis Davis rules that no confidence motion is not judicial system’s prerogative

President Jacob Zuma answers a question from the DA's Lindiwe Mazibuko in Parliament. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament welcomed the ruling by the Western Cape High Court on the motion of no confidence in the President.

On Thursday the court dismissed an application by opposition parties for the motion to be debated before the National Assembly sits for the last time in 2012.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said, "We had a right and a duty to bring the motion of no confidence to the national assembly."

Judge Dennis Davis ruled that while it was the DA's constitutional right to launch the motion, it was not up to the judicial system to dictate when it should be debated.

"We had a right to the motion being debated. The ANC could have used its majority if it so felt, to vote that motion down," said Mazibuko.