The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced it will table a motion of no confidence in the National Assembly against President Jacob Zuma’s leadership.
In a statement on Thursday, party leader Mmusi Maimane said the motion follows confirmation by the SA Communist Party (SACP), the governing ANC’s alliance partner, that Zuma had informed them of his plan to reshuffle his Cabinet, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, as his targets.
“At a time when nine million South Africans are without work and our fragile economy requires leadership and clear policy direction, President Zuma continues to play ‘Russian Roulette’ with our economy and the future of our country.
“I have therefore written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete, in this regard, indicating our intention to have the motion debated and voted on by Parliament once it is back in session,” Maimane said.
The motion will be tabled in terms of Section 102 of the Constitution.