The Economic Freedom Fighter’s (EFF) motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma has been scheduled for 22 February 2018.
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has agreed to a request by the EFF to have its motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.
In a statement issued by the Speaker, “Mbete informed EFF leader Mr Julius Malema that she had decided to schedule their requested motion of no confidence in the President for 22 February. The determination had taken into account the Programme of the National Assembly, including the State of the Nation Address, debate on the Address, the President’s reply to the debate and the tabling of the national budget on 21 February.”
Meanwhile, a bid by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to have Sona postponed until a new president is in place has also been given the thumbs down. The Speaker explained that “the President, as head of State and Government, had exercised powers vested in him in terms of the Constitution (section 84(2)(d), read together with Joint Rule 7(1), when he called on Parliament to convene the State of the Nation Address.”
“The Joint Programme Committee had also further ratified the convening of the Address, at its meeting on 16 November 2017. The Speaker, therefore, had no power to accede to the DA’s request to postpone the State of the Nation Address, scheduled for delivery to a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces on 8 February. Joint sittings were also matters of concern to both Houses of Parliament,” she added.
President Zuma is under pressure to step down but the African National Congress’ (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule and his deputy Jessie Duarte are insisting he finish his term.