ANC deflects vote of no-confidence in Mbete

The ANC defended Mbete’s position and said it had full confidence in her ability to lead.

Baleka Mbete. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) has for now deflected a motion of no-confidence in National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete by five opposition parties.

In a pre-emptive strike, ANC chief Whip Stone Sizani rose first on Thursday to defend Mbete's position and submitted a motion expressing the party's full confidence in Mbete's ability to lead the National Legislature.

"We recall that in all these positions, she has served the nation with integrity, professionalism, dedication and selflessness."

It was then the turn of Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane's to table the motion of no confidence backed by his party, as well as the Economic Freedom Fighters, the United Democratic Movement, the Congress of the People and the Freedom Front Plus.

"This coalition condemns the speaker for remaining the Chairperson of the ANC while serving as speaker of this house."

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.

If it comes to a vote, the opposition parties will be outnumbered by ANC Members of Parliament (MPs), who hold 62 percent of the seats.

The ANC's majority means the motion would most certainly be shot down.

EFF leader Julius Malema on Wednesday said the move is also about sending a message.

"We won't be controlled by the ANC, whether we lose this or not, we will put it on record for South Africans to know we've rejected the mediocrity and we'll continue to challenge it."

Opposition leaders remain undeterred and say they want to raise a red flag that all is not well in the National Legislature.