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Agang SA leads court charge to unseat Mbete

Agang SA, Cope & the UDM want the Parliamentary speaker declared unfit to hold office.

FILE: Agang SA, Cope & the UDM want the Parliamentary speaker declared unfit to hold office. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court will hear legal argument today in a court case to unseat the speaker of the National Assembly.

Agang SA, the Congress of the People and the United Democratic Movement want Baleka Mbete declared unfit to hold office because they believe she's biased.

The parties also want the court to order the National Assembly to allow Members of Parliament to vote on a motion of no confidence in the president by way of a secret ballot.

Agang SA's Parliamentary leader Andries Tlouamma said this case is about protecting the Legislature.

"We believe this case will show other small parties that it's not about how many members you have or how much you have in your bank account, it's a matter of conscience and sensibility. We need to fight because one day we're going to leave this country to our children."

Agang came under fire in March after it withdrew its motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma until speaker Mbete recused herself from presiding over the debate.

The party said it would file a motion of no confidence but demanded that Mbete go.

The party wanted a secret ballot debate.

But when Mbete refused, Tlouamma withdrew the motion.

The African National Congress in Parliament then accused Agang of raising the motion of no confidence because it was desperate for publicity.

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