The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), South Africa’s third largest opposition party, is sticking to its guns, insisting it will not withdraw a motion of no confidence it tabled in Parliament against State president Jacob Zuma, who has been ordered by his own party to step down.
Speaking to eNCA, EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu said the party still wanted the motion, scheduled to be debated on February 22, to be brought forward, despite the ANC’s decision to recall him.
“We are not going to withdraw our motion. We are not going to hand over our motion to any other political party – not to the ANC not to the DA [Democratic Alliance],” Shivambu said.
The ANC has delivered a recall letter to Zuma but by Tuesday evening he had yet to respond to it.
If Zuma refuses to resign, it would be left to Parliament to either move a motion of no confidence against him or start impeachment proceedings.
Shivambu said it was time for the ANC to put aside its differences with the EFF and other parties and support a motion of no confidence.
He rejected the notion that it would be political suicide should the ANC vote in favour of a motion brought by a political foe.
“There is no political suicide when you are in pursuit of the interests of South Africa,” said Shivambu.
“It is not about who is putting the motion, it is about removing a president who is a constitutional delinquent.”
– African News Agency (ANA)