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DA calls on public to boost Zuma ‘no confidence’ motion

The DA is also calling on the public to sign an online petition to show their support for the motion.

Screengrab of the DA’s Chief Whip.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is trying to mobilise public support for its motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

The official opposition is asking South Africans to write to African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs) asking them to support the motion.

It's also calling on the public to sign an online petition to show their support for the motion.

The matter will be debated in the National Assembly next Tuesday.

The DA wants ordinary South Africans to tell ANC MPs to vote with their conscience.

Party Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said, "We are using social media and our website as online platforms to try and share it as widely as possible. As of a few hours ago, there were 12,000 people who had signed the petition."

The DA wants Cabinet ministers and their deputies to recuse themselves from voting next week because of a "conflict of interest".

"The Constitution prohibits minister from putting themselves in a situation where they have a conflict of interest."

The party says MPs must cast their vote by secret ballot.

ANC DISMISSES SECRET BALLOT VOTE TO REMOVE ZUMA

Last week, ANC chief Whip Stone Sizani ruled out a free vote for the party's MPs when the National Assembly debates the motion.

A similar motion brought by the official opposition a year ago failed to get the majority backing of MPs.

Sizani says ANC MPs must toe the party line.

"We can't work on the basis of the conscience. Why are you allowing yourself to come to the house on the basis of that ticket of the ANC? When you come here you're an individual governed by your own individual conscience, it doesn't work?"

In the past, those who broke ranks were hauled over the coals.

In 2011 veteran ANC member Ben Turok infamously walked out the National Assembly before the Protection of State Information Bill was voted on

Sizani has also dismissed the call for a secret ballot.