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Mbete warns ANC supporters to behave

An opposition motion of no-confidence in Baleka Mbete is due to be debated this afternoon.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has warned African National Congress (ANC) members in the public gallery to behave.

An opposition motion of no-confidence in Mbete is due to be debated this afternoon.

Earlier, ANC supporters staged a demonstration in support of Mbete outside the gates of Parliament.

Many have now taken up their seats in the public gallery.

Mbete warned them they're not allowed to take part in proceedings.

"[Supporters are asked] please to desist from participation in any way - no clapping and no comments so we can leave the procedures to the floor and be able to conduct ourselves."

The debate is set to take place later this afternoon.

Five opposition parties, including the Democratic Alliance (DA), the Congress of the People, the Economic Freedom Fighters, the United Democratic Movement and the Freedom Front Plus have joined forces to submit a motion of no-confidence in Mbete.

The opposition parties last week announced their lack of confidence in Mbete's impartiality and ability to lead Parliament while she is still chairperson of the ANC.

The ANC agreed on Friday to allow the motion to be debated this afternoon.

Given the ANC's majority, it is likely to be defeated, but the parties leaders say they want to send a strong message that all is not well at Parliament.

On Monday, DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said ANC Members of Parliament were among those who have lost faith in Mbete.

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