DA leader Mmusi Maimane has welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s statement in Parliament that it was important to put South Africa first. The President received some flak late in 2015 after exclaiming that he would put the ANC before the country.
Maimane was reacting to Zuma’s reply to the State of the Nation debate.
He has also welcomed Zuma’s announcement that separate gangs and narcotics police bureaus would be created.
Regarding a statement by Parliament’s programming committee to hold a vote of no confidence against Zuma on March 1, Maimane said Members of Parliament would be given the chance to vote with their conscience to remove the President.
During his reply in his State of the Nation Address, Zuma commended Maimane for appealing for order to allow him to continue with his speech in the National Assembly.
Zuma said, “When you exercise your right, don’t undermine the right of the next person. It is a matter I believe we need to be united on. Then we will have time to disagree and agree, but with respect. If this Parliament could be united on that one, I will be very happy, to portray this Parliament correctly. Because I think we disagree on a number of matters … that is not a crime, but let us disagree with respect.”
Watch Zuma’s full response to SONA 2016 debate below:
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