ANCYL: Zuma no confidence motion an attempted coup

Protesters will take to the streets of the Cape Town City Centre today both in support of and against Jacob Zuma.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the party’s Dullah Omar Region has described Tuesday’s motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma as an attempted coup.

Today marks the opposition’s eighth bid to unseat the president, but this time it will be different as Members of Parliament (MPs) will vote through a secret ballot.

Protesters will take to the streets of the Cape Town City Centre today both in support of and against Jacob Zuma.

The league’s Roscoe Jacobs says: “As the ANCYL in the Dullah Omar region, we call on young people to join the ANC march in defence of democracy in the Cape Town CBD.

“We believe that the vote of no confidence is an attempted coup and not in the interest of us as the youth of South Africa.”

Meanwhile, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu is confident his party’s MPs won’t vote to remove Zuma.

Opposition politicians have been lobbying ANC members to vote in favour of the vote no confidence in President Jacob Zuma later today.

On Monday, the Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete surprised the nation by declaring that the vote would take the form of a secret ballot.

It’s an unprecedented move that could open the way for ANC MPs to vote contrary to the party line.

This will be the opposition’s eighth attempt to remove Zuma from office. But unlike other bids, this time, the votes will be secret.

Mthembu says his party won’t side with the opposition even though the vote is secret.

The ANC chief whip concedes that he shares the concerns of many South Africans about state capture, but that he says using Parliament to remove Zuma from office is not the solution.

“Issues that they are raising, are issues that we as the ANC are raising and are issues that I have raised myself.”

Last year, Mthembu suggested that the entire national executive committee step down in the wake of the party’s disappointing performance in the local government elections.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)