Malema: No reason for MPs to hide behind intimidation claims

EFF leader Julius Malema says the vote of no confidence in President Zuma is an opportunity for ANC MPs to take a stand against corruption.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Moeketsi Moticoe/EWN

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says Tuesday’s vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma is an opportunity for African National Congress (ANC) MPs to take a stand against corruption.

He says that since the vote will be held in secret, there will be no reason for MPs to hide behind claims of intimidation.

Malema says his party will continue lobbying ANC MPs to support the motion right up until the last minute.

“We’ve fought for all members, not only of the ANC, including other opposition parties who’ve been intimidating their members and forcing them to vote for President Zuma.”

Meanwhile, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa, who took the secret ballot matter to the Constitutional Court, says Tuesday’s vote is about saving South Africa from a corrupt president.

“It’s time for the public representatives to be honest to their oath of office and South Africa, irrespective of a political party one comes from.”

Meanwhile, ANC stalwarts are calling on the ruling party’s MPs to save the organisation by voting against the president.

Veteran Wally Serote says that while they understand that this will be one of the most difficult ballots to cast, MPs must decide wisely.

“Our duty is to save the ANC from the cracks of a crisis which keeps spiralling.”

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)