Date set for ‘no confidence’ in President Zuma debate

The upcoming motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will now take place a few days later after speaker Baleka Mbete announced that there was a scheduling conflict.Mbete said this week that in terms of Rule 129 of the National Assembly, once the motion was requested, she must accord such motion due priority.Last week, Parliament scheduled the vote to take place on 3 August.The DA, United Democratic Movement and Economic Freedom Fighters have also asked for the scheduling of the motion and also motivated for a secret ballot.Mogoeng also made it clear the court can’t decide for Mbete what decision to take, whatever it is must be rational and Mbete must take it in the spirit of ensuring accountability of the executive.Opposition parties are of the view that a number of ANC MPs would “vote with their conscience” if the vote was allowed to be done by secret ballot.The new date for the debate on the Motion is now Tuesday, 8 August 2017, and no longer 3 August 2017, as previously announced.The views of the parties, considered together with a host of other factors, including the prevailing conditions, would assist the Speaker to arrive at a well-informed and logical decision, said Mothapo.”Parliament said the Speaker will make her decision about the voting procedure before August 8″.The motion, initially submitted on March 30 and scheduled for April 18, was postponed indefinitely at the request of opposition parties, pending a court application to force a secret ballot in the hope that ruling African National Congress (ANC) MPs would be encouraged to vote against Zuma.Speaking to journalists on sidelines of the ANC’s fifth National Policy Conference in Soweto, Johannesburg, she said had written to the various political parties asking for their views on the secret ballot vote.