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No confidence in Zuma debate postponed

Opposition parties say the time is right for a debate of this nature.

President Jacob Zuma smiles at Mmusi Maimane's accusations at Sona debate. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's disappointed that a debate on a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma has been postponed.

Members of Parliament were scheduled to debate the motion in the National Assembly next week.

But Agang SA, the party which tabled the matter, says it first wants the Constitutional Court to rule on its application to have the motion voted on by way of secret ballot and for National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete's recusal from the process.

The DA's Mike Waters says the time is right for a debate of this nature.

"We feel it's very important that we have the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, given where we are in the country with our economic situation and the fact that the constitution was trampled on in the Sona debate with police storming the chamber illegally while the house is in sitting."

Meanwhile, analyst Somadoda Fikeni says Zuma rose above the fray this week following acrimonious debate on his State of the Nation Address (Sona).

But he says consistency is needed to ease tensions in the long run.

"Well I do think it will take more than an afternoon speech, it will have to be consistent interaction and consistent positive reinforcement reciprocated."

Agang SA's Andries Tlouamma says the party is waiting for a court date.

"Our view is that this motion must go intertwined with what we've requested, the recusal of the speaker and voting in secret ballot. Without that it will be a waste of time, people will just vote like cattle because some members of Parliament are there for their stomachs, not for the citizens of this country."