Opposition to table motion of no-confidence in Mbete

Mmusi Maimane says the majority of opposition MPs have lost confidence in the Speaker.

Opposition parties say they will table a motion of no-confidence in National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete tomorrow. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties say they will table a motion of no-confidence in National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete tomorrow.

The Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters, United Democratic Movement, Congress of the People and the Freedom Front Plus have just announced their plans in Parliament.

DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane says the majority of opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) have lost confidence in Mbete.

The speaker continues to serve the African National Congress (ANC) as its chairperson but Maimane says this is the key reason she should no longer be speaker of the National Assembly.

He said it's not possible for Mbete to impartially oversee Parliament's activities while at the same time filling higher office in her party.

Maimane sad this is especially so because Parliament is poised to begin probing the actions of President Jacob Zuma over the Nkandla spending scandal.

The ANC's majority means the motion of no confidence has little chance of succeeding, but it will send a strong message.

ANC MP Cedric Frolick was yesterday elected the chairperson of Parliament's ad-hoc committee on Nkandla.

Opposition parties refused to elect a chair when the committee first met last month, saying they first wanted clarity on its mandate.

Opposition MPs did not nominate an alternative chairperson and Frolick was elected unopposed.

A date for the next meeting has yet to be set, but the battle lines are already drawn over whether or not Zuma will be called before the committee.

The committee has to report back to Parliament by 24 October.

An earlier committee was disbanded ahead of the May elections.