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Motion of censure against Zuma postponed

Despite fierce insistence that the bid would go ahead in Parliament, it’s now been postponed.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma in Parliament on 19 June 2014. Picture: GCIS"

CAPE TOWN - After a marathon sitting of the National Assembly, the official opposition's much-hyped motion of censure against President Jacob Zuma ended with more of whimper than a bang last night when the matter was postponed.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) was adamant yesterday that it would press ahead with a motion against Zuma for failing to answer questions in the house at least once per term.

DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane was adamant that the motion would go ahead.

"The motion must proceed. This is not an exercise in Silencing of the Lamb."

But at the end of the session last night, the party's John Steenhuisen announced the matter would be rolled over to today.

"There's been some negations with the chief whip of the majority party and other role players there. It's been agreed that we will postpone the debate on this item."

It remains to be seen whether the motion will be debated in the House during today's sitting of the National Assembly or whether behind the scenes negotiations will see it shelved again.