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Opposition: Deputy Speaker should preside over Zuma no confidence debate

The EFF’s Julius Malema says National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has shown herself to be unfit to preside of the vote of no confidence in Zuma.

Deputy Speaker Solomon Lechesa Tsenoli listens to questions fielded by the media surrounding issues of Sona2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

PRETORIA – Opposition parties say the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly should preside over the debate and vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma because Baleka Mbete is compromised.

The Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Congress of the People, United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Inkatha Freedom Party made the call following a meeting in Pretoria on Thursday.

The National Assembly will debate and vote on a motion of no confidence on 8 August.

The EFF’s Julius Malema says Mbete has shown herself to be unfit to preside of the vote of no confidence in Zuma.

“The Speaker has expressed her biasness already including threatening members of the ANC in voting for President Zuma. So the best logical thing to do is to ask the Deputy Speaker to preside over the motion.”

The UDM’s Bantu Holomisa says they will consider challenging the Speaker in court if she decides against a secret ballot.

“Especially if the reasons advanced are not satisfactory. We’ll be following the advice from the Constitutional Court judgment.”

The parties urged South Africans to converge on Parliament on the day of the vote.

WATCH: Opposition parties call for secret no confidence ballot

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