No-Confidence Debate Under Way

CAPE TOWN – The third motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma -in the past two years- is taking place in Parliament today.

The Democratic Alliance who have proposed the no confidence debate, have accused the embattled President of reckless leadership, following the state capture report which showed that state institutions were captured by private interest groups.

The motion put forward by the DA also highlighted that Jacob Zuma has purposefully avoided accountability to the former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Some political analysts have stated that the greatest challenge in the motion of no confidence, is the exact same difficulties similar motions against Zuma have faced. The ruling party always has the greatest advantage based on the fact that there are 249 ANC MPs, while the opposing parties make up 151 MPs.

The fact that there is also no clear successor to take over the ANC after Zuma’s departure, adds to the reason why the ANC has consistently voted against such motions in the past. Finally, the united view that ANC MPs hold against the DA, would almost certainly ensure that their internal differences are put aside, in order to vote against this motion.


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