The motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma will be debated in Parliament on Thursday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said.
“Eventually, the speaker of the national assembly, Baleka Mbete, has confirmed in writing that the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be debated in parliament on Thursday, 10 November 2016,” said DA leader Mmusi Maimane in a statement on Tuesday.
“Jacob Zuma’s day of reckoning has now been confirmed, set in motion and will be debated in parliament for all South Africans to witness.
“I tabled this motion 20 days ago in order to give parliament – the body which represents the people of South Africa – an opportunity to give legitimate expression to the overwhelming disapproval of and opposition to President Zuma and his administration.”
Maimane said since then, the release of the public protector’s State of Capture report had vindicated this decision.
“Jacob Zuma has wreaked havoc on our infant democracy – causing us to go backwards. Seven hundred and eighty-three charges of corruption, Nkandla, the Al-Bashir saga, the Guptas, state capture – the list is endless,” said Maimane.
Former President Thabo Mbeki and other senior African National Congress (ANC) stalwarts, including Ahmed Kathrada, Frank Chikane, Mathole Motshekga, Jackson Mtembu and Sipho Pityana, have publicly called for Zuma to step down. Civil society, trade unions and other political parties have recently echoed the same sentiments.
“This is not a DA motion. This is not an ANC motion. This is a nonpartisan motion that affords all 400 members of parliament the opportunity to either speak for the people or to protect Jacob Zuma and his corruption. The president was elected by parliament and thus must be removed by parliament,” said Maimane.
“South Africa has united in a manner never before seen in our democracy in order to see Jacob Zuma and his circle of corrupt cronies be removed, once and for all.
“On Thursday, we must use the only platform that is constitutionally mandated to remove a president and do just that.”