The African National Congress (ANC) believes that there is no basis for the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) motion to remove President Jacob Zuma from office.
The DA brought the motion after the Constitutional Court found that President Zuma’s failure to comply with the Public Protector’s remedial action was inconsistent with his Constitutional obligation. The motion will be debated on Tuesday in Parliament.
ANC Secretary- General, Gwede Mantashe says they will meet with the caucus in Parliament ahead of the debate.
“In our view there is no basis for the proposal to impeach the judgement because the provision of impeachment in the constitution is given conditions, that is why when in talks about contravention the degree in the emphasis in law makes a big difference, so from where we are seated there is no basis for that motion.”
The NWC has accepted Zuma’s apology over the Nkandla matter. Mantashe says, “The NWC accepted the fact that the president apologised and said that it is humility that is necessary for any leader to apologise, it’s not an easy thing to stand up and apologise.”
No member of any political party since 1994 has ever voted differently from the party line.
Meanwhile, opposition parties in Parliament are expected to push for a secret ballot in Tuesday’s motion in the National Assembly to remove Zuma from office.
The DA called for the motion, saying the matter transcends party politics and affects all South Africans.
The Freedom Front Plus’s Corne Mulder has called it an historic event. “Last time they did not listen to reason. They listened to their party caucus and their party decisions – and the Constitutional Court found that decision to be unconstitutional. We hope that common sense will prevail, we appeal to all ANC members to vote in terms of their conscience. They all were responsible and they all know what needs to be done.”
ANC caucus spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says the expectation is that members of parliament will be voting in line with party affiliations.
“No member of any political party since 1994 has ever voted differently from the party line. Even those opposition parties, they will be voting in accordance with their party line. Why would they expect differently from the ANC?”
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