JOHANNESBURG, February 2 – President Jacob Zuma will face another no confidence motion this month, the Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete has revealed in her letters replying to requests from the opposition parties.
In a statement issued by Moloto Mothapo, Parliament on Friday said Mbete wrote to both leaders of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) n response to their requests related to the forthcoming State of the Nation Address.
In her letter, the Speaker informed EFF leader Julius Malema that “she had decided to schedule their requested motion of no confidence in the President for 22 February”.
She says 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.
Mbete said she had consulted “relevant stakeholders”.
However, the Speaker declined the DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s request to have the State of the Nation Address postponed.
In her letter to Maimane, Mbete explained she 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.”
– African News Agency (ANA)