African National Congress (ANC) deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte on Tuesday said a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma tabled by the EFF in the National Assembly won’t succeed, as it would only seek to destabilise the national legislature.
“We are not surprised that our opposition do this all the time; this is the only weapon that they have. They have no programme, they have no plan. They only have a way of creating disturbance by destabilising parliament itself; such a vote of no confidence doesn’t really worry us at all. Bring it on if the EFF wants to; let’s see what happens.
“There are no ghosts that we are chasing around. We believe that every enemy of our revolution has a right to do whatever they wish to do to try to destabilise the revolution. We are equally determined for them not to succeed,” she said.
The ruling party’s top-six national executive committee (NEC) member was speaking at the party’s post-NEC meeting briefing in central Johannesburg following a tense extended meeting of the structure in Pretoria at the weekend.
The EFF has asked Speaker Baleka Mbete for yet another urgent vote of no confidence in Zuma to be included in the order paper of Tuesday’s sitting.
The Speaker’s office said the matter was being decided on as Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli would handle proceedings.