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Zuma or South Africa – the two cannot co-exist

April 3, 2017

Today, Monday, 03 April 2017, the Leadership of the DA, EFF, IFP, COPE, UDM, and ACDP met in Johannesburg following the hostile takeover of the Treasury, and selling of the country by Jacob Zuma to a grouping whose only interests are amassing wealth and weakening the State through the theft of the people’s money and the undermining of the country’s Constitution.

These are indeed irregular and trying times for South Africa and the people, which demands a united vision and programme of action from leaders of society, like Opposition Parties represented in the National Assembly.

Opposition Parties agreed that the Constitution must come first, and the country must be protected from those who seek to undermine it. We therefore deliberated and agreed upon a number of issues in this regard.

National Day of Action to the Union Buildings

It was agreed that as Opposition Parties, we will start the process of mobilising their structures from across the country for a National Day of Action to the Union Buildings.

We are planning to have this mass action event as soon as possible.

We will also be engaging Civil Society formations and other Political Parties to mobilise in order to support the people’s National Day of Action to the Union Buildings, so that we are united and not fractured in our call to save our country in the short-term.

We therefore call upon all South Africans and the whole of Civil Society to support this mass action, where will speak with one voice calling for Jacob Zuma to remove himself from the Union Buildings, failing which he will be pushed, using democratic processes.

Zuma cannot hold an entire country hostage.

Motion of No Confidence

Opposition Parties are fully behind the Motion of No Confidence in Jacob Zuma and the call for the Speaker of the National Assembly to reconvene the House for a special sitting so that this matter of National Importance can be debated and voted on.

The DA and EFF have already asked the Speaker to reconvene Parliament. The UDM have submitted a similar request today.

We expect an urgent answer from the Speaker about progress made in scheduling the Motion, should we not be satisfied with her response, court action, supported by Opposition Parties will be taken.

Given the crisis engulfing our society, we are confident that Members of Parliament will stay true the Constitution and their Oath of Office.

The Motion of No Confidence is not about the removal the ANC. The ANC was voted into government by the majority, through the democratic project, which we respect.

In the short-term, we are working to remove Jacob Zuma, and elect someone from the ranks of the National Assembly who is committed to South Africa, the people and the Constitution.

The choice South Africans must make is: Zuma or South Africa. The two cannot co-exist.

Mbete backpedals on Zuma Motion of No Confidence

January 13, 2016

The DA notes, with serious concern, the Speaker of the National Assembly (NA), Baleka Mbete’s statement suggesting that the DA’s Motion of No Confidence may not happen due to a “busy” parliamentary programme.

motion of no confidence

Rule 102A (5) of the National Assembly states that:

After proper consultation and once the Speaker is satisfied that the motion of no confidence complies with the aforementioned prescribed law, rules, orders, directives or guidelines of the House, the Speaker must ensure that the motion of no confidence is scheduled, debated and voted on within a reasonable period of time given the programme of the Assembly.”

Motions of No Confidence clearly take priority when it comes to parliamentary programming and the Speaker’s suggestion that this year’s programme is too “busy” is an insufficient excuse.

The Constitutional Court was clear in its previous ruling that Motions of No Confidence cannot be frustrated by the Programming Committee.

Therefore, I have written to Ms Mbete requesting clarity regarding her statement and have asked her to confirm whether or not she has, in accordance with NA Rule 102A, consulted the Leader of Government Business, Cyril Ramaphosa, and ANC Chief Whip, Stone Sizani, regarding the DA’s request.

Considering the number of blunders that the President has recently made, Mbete’s backpedalling is merely another attempt to protect President Zuma, and the ANC ahead of this year’s local government elections.

In December last year President Zuma recklessly fired Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, which sent the rand into an almost unprecedented downward spiral.

Earlier this week President Zuma claimed that South Africans and the markets had overreacted to his decision and that the effects of his decision have been exaggerated.

The initial decision to fire Minister Nene was reckless and irrational, and the reaction – both domestically and internationally – was justified.

President Zuma’s economic leadership has been incredibly poor and he and his cabinet are bordering on intellectual bankruptcy when it comes to ideas to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

It is for these reasons that Parliament needs to debate this motion and remove Jacob Zuma as President once and for all.

John Steenhuisen MP

DA Chief Whip