In the wake of President Jacob Zuma apparently surviving a bruising attempt to oust him as the ANC’s top leader, he may face a similar challenge yet again in parliament next week.
According to EFF sources that spoke to IOL, the party has asked National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete for yet another urgent vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma to be included in the order paper of Tuesday’s sitting.
EWN reported that the National Assembly had confirmed that the EFF lodged an urgent application for a vote of no confidence in Zuma.
The EFF applied to have the vote included on the order paper for Tuesday’s sitting.
The Speaker’s office said the matter was being decided on as Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli would handle proceedings.
The ANC’s anti-Zuma camp may be deciding that if they can’t recall Zuma as president of the ANC, they may still be able to unseat him as president of the republic.
However, the EFF’s spokesperson confusingly declared that the report is false. He said they would not be working to help the ANC to save it from itself.
“This report is false!! EFF does not get involved in squabbles of saving ANC from itself. Let them keep us out of it! Zuma & ANC must fall!”
This report is false!! EFF does not get involved in squabbles of saving ANC from itself. Let them keep us out of it! Zuma & ANC must fall! https://t.co/Mg8NN6Wd2T
— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) November 29, 2016
IOL’s source said Mbete was yet to decide on the request, though apparently ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu is expected to agree to it.
Zuma has now left for Cuba to attend Fidel Castro’s funeral.
It appears the EFF may be smelling blood, as “sources in the anti-Zuma camp revealed” that the ANC caucus in Parliament would for the first time in democratic history vote with the opposition if a motion of no confidence in the president were moved in the National Assembly.
Prior to the last motion of no confidence that was defeated in parliament earlier this month, EFF leader Julius Malema said that he didn’t think it would serve any purpose other than to force the ANC to unite in the face of obvious and growing divisions.
I really don't think this motion of no confidence serves any purpose except to unify the divided @MYANC, will wait for direction from EFF…
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) November 9, 2016
The ANC’s Gwede Mantashe is set to brief the media about the party’s heated weekend, shortly, at 2pm on Tuesday at Luthuli House.