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Malema insists EFF to debate Zuma no confidence motion before Sona

The national legislature's presiding officers turned down the party's request for the motion to be heard this week, instead scheduling it for later in the month.

EFF leader Julius Malema briefs the media in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on 5 February 2018. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) insists that it is pushing ahead with its plan to bring a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma to Parliament before Thursday’s State of the Nation Address (Sona).

The national legislature's presiding officers turned down the party's request for the motion to be heard this week, instead scheduling it for later in the month.

But EFF leader Julius Malema says they are not backing down.

“South Africa, there’s no State of the Nation on Thursday, it’s motion of no confidence. We shall present it and we shall debate it in Parliament.

“Then after the motion of no confidence, the State of the Nation can happen. But first item, motion of no confidence.”

Opposition parties want the event postponed until a new head of state is elected.