Opposition parties look to unseat Mbete
Opposition parties have tabled a vote of no confidence after accusing Baleka Mbete of lacking objectivity.
CAPE TOWN - National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete's fitness for her job as Speaker of Parliament is in the spotlight today.
Opposition parties are accusing her of being biased in favour of the African National Congress (ANC), the party she serves in the high-ranking position of chairperson.
Five opposition parties have come together in a bid to unseat Mbete.
The Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), United Democratic Front, Congress of the People and the Freedom Front Plus announced on Wednesday they are backing a motion of no confidence in Mbete.
The motion will be tabled in the National Assembly this afternoon.
The five parties say Mbete cannot serve Parliament as she should because as a high ranking ANC official, she has to look after the party's interests at the same time.
Opposition leaders say Mbete's top ANC post compromises her objectivity and Parliament's ability to hold government to account.
EFF leader Julius Malema says whatever she does in her job is partisan.
"Whatever she's doing is partisan. Her levels of seniority compromises her objectivity on any matter."
The ANC's majority means the motion would most certainly be shot down and the party's spokesman in Parliament agrees.
"The motion is not worthy of even serious consideration. It's a silly publicity stunt."
If it comes to a vote, the opposition parties will be outnumbered by ANC Members of Parliament, who hold 62 percent of the seats.
DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said, "She must, we believe, vacate her position in the interest of making sure Parliament functions well and that our democracy is maintained."
Opposition leaders remain undeterred and say they want to raise a red flag that all is not well in the National Legislature.