DA backs down on no-confidence debate
The DA has decided not to push for the motion of no-confidence in the president for now.
CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has decided to hold off on a debate on a motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma because of a pending Constitutional Court case.
In 2012, eight opposition parties brought the motion to the National Assembly, but they were prevented from holding a debate because the African National Congress (ANC) said it was not urgent.
The various parties had cited that, "Under Zuma's leadership the justice system has been politicised and weakened, corruption has spiralled out of control, unemployment continues to increase, the economy is weakening, and the right of access to quality education has been violated".
The matter was taken to the Western Cape High Court and the parties lost their bid.
It will now be decided in the Constitutional Court in March.
The DA's Watty Watson says the motion has now lapsed.
"If a motion is not dealt with in the current year it lapses at the end of that session which is the end of the year. At the moment, there is not motion before the house."
He says they will bring a new motion once the Constitutional Court case is over.
But the ANC's Mathole Motshekga has reacted with suspicion.
"It confirms our view that they brought this motion in order to influence the Mangaung conference."
Zuma was re-elected as ANC president in Mangaung in December.