All eyes on ANC MPs ahead of Zuma no confidence motion

Opposition parties are now saying if Mbete can go against the party line, ANC MPs can do the same and vote for Jacob Zuma's removal.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma thanks the crowd upon his arrival at the Indigenous and Traditional Leaders’ Indaba in Boksburg on 29 May 2017. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN/DURBAN - All eyes are on African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament ahead of Tuesday's vote on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete granted the request by opposition parties on Monday afternoon, following a Constitutional Court judgment that the law allowed her to rule on how voting in the matter could proceed.

Opposition parties are now saying that if Mbete can go against the party line, ANC MPs can do the same and vote for Zuma's removal.

They've also called on South Africans to make their voices heard on Tuesday.

Quipping that Mbete is the new incoming President, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says there’s now no reason for ANC MPs not to vote against Zuma.

“It is now the opportunity for them to demonstrated that they too are tired corruption which is happening in this country.”

DA leader Mmusi Maimane Mbete’s ruling is a historic one.

“Let us place the displaced interests of the 58 million South Africans first tomorrow when we vote and not subject them to the will of one person.”

But Freedom Front Plus’ Pieter Groenewald has warned against complacency, saying Mbete’s decision could be a sign that the ANC is confident its members will not step out of line.”

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The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal says it is confident that South Africans will wake up to President Zuma still in the highest office in the land on Wednesday.

The province held its lekgotla over the weekend and announced its resolutions on Monday afternoon.

It has taken aim at ANC MPs like Makhosi Khoza who have called on their peers to vote with their conscience ahead of Tuesday's motion.

“As we meet here we feel that tomorrow nothing would have changed. South Africa will sleep under President Zuma and on Wednesday we will still be led by President Zuma.”

KZN ANC chair Sihle Zikalala says millions of South Africans knew that Zuma would be leading the organisation when they voted for the party in 2014.

“To remove Zuma does not represent the 62% who voted in favour of the ANC.”

Zikalala has called for ANC MPs to tow the party line.

The KZN ANC says there is a psychological warfare directed at harming the reputation of the organisation.