DA petition urges Ramaphosa, ANC MPs to vote against Zuma
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has handed over a petition of more than one million signatures to the office of deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.
CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has handed over a petition of more than one million signatures to the office of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa calling on him and ANC MPs to vote in favour of a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.
The motion, brought by opposition parties, will be the eighth against Zuma.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane led a delegation that included party supporters to hand over the boxes at Tuynhuys in Parliament.
“I’m here to bring this petition [with] one million signatures. South Africans from all walks of life who have stood up and said we must ask Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to do the right thing.”
An official in Ramaphosa’s office, Nazeema Ahmed, accepted receipt of the boxes.
“I’m going to send this to him immediately because he’s in Pretoria.”
Maimane’s also urging Ramaphosa to persuade his fellow MPs to follow suit.
Accompanied by a small group of singing supporters, Maimane and party colleagues helped offload cardboard boxes filled with signed petitions from a van at the gates of Tuynhuys.
Maimane had a message for the Deputy President: “He must stand up - this is a time for men and women in the ANC to find courage and I’m asking him, as leader of government business and the most senior person in that caucus, to begin to encourage his MPs to vote accordingly.”
Maimane says given Ramaphosa’s public commitment not to remain silent while “billions of rands of public money” are “diverted into the into the pockets of a few,” he must now speak up “where it really matters”.
The motion of no confidence will be debated in the National Assembly next week Tuesday.