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Zuma faces motion of no confidence in Parly

The president will today face a motion of no confidence in his leadership, brought forward by Agang SA.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma faces a motion of no confidence in his leadership in Parliament this afternoon.

The motion has been brought by Agang SA, which went to court to try and get today's debate postponed.

The party first wanted the court to decide whether National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete is fit for her post and to rule that Members of Parliament (MPs) be allowed to vote on the motion by way of a secret ballot.

The Western Cape High Court ruled these matters were semi-urgent and argument will be heard on a later date.

Meanwhile, the motion of no confidence is going ahead.

The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament says the motion of no confidence is a time wasting gimmick that's destined for the dustbins of history.

In a statement from the office of Chief Whip Stone Sizani, it says the ANC is looking forward to reaffirming the 'confidence of the overwhelming majority of South Africans in the able leadership of President Jacob Zuma'.

The ANC's majority in Parliament means the motion is destined to fail.

But for the hour and 15 minutes it's set to last, opposition parties will be spelling out just why they think Zuma is unfit to lead the country.