ANC supporters throw their weight behind Mbete

A motion of no-confidence in Mbete will be debated during this afternoon's sitting.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A crowd of African National Congress (ANC) members have come out in support of National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete at the gates of Parliament.

Many ANC supporters are entering the precinct, bearing invitations to this afternoon's sitting, when a motion of no-confidence in Mbete will be debated.

Mbete approached the demonstrators in her car and was seen addressing them.

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.