16 November 2012

South Africa: Mazibuko - DA to Apply to Court Over Motion of No Confidence

Photo: Giordano Stolley/SAPA
Supporters outside President Jacob Zuma's residence in Nkandla.

press release

Last week, mandated by ACDP, AZAPO, COPE, DA, IFP, UCDP, UDM, I tabled a motion of no confidence in President Zuma in terms of section 102(2) of the Constitution.

We tabled the motion because of a series of escalating crises in South Africa under the leadership of President Zuma. In particular, these relate to

  • the justice system which has been weakened and politicised;
  • corruption in the public service which has spiralled out of control;
  • unemployment levels which continue to increase;
  • an economy which is weakening; and
  • the right of access to quality education has been violated.

It is inconceivable that our constitutional right to debate and vote on this motion can be negated by a committee of Parliament, simply because it was not possible to reach a consensus on whether to schedule the debate.

For this reason, we have written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu, asking him to ensure that the motion of no confidence is debated in the National Assembly before the parliamentary session ends on 22 November 2012. Through the State Attorney, the Speaker has responded that he will consider the matter and revert to us by Monday.

This notwithstanding, we have today filed papers in the Western Cape High Court to compel the Speaker to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the motion is debated on or before Thursday, 22 November 2012. Should the Speaker's response on Monday indicate that he will not be scheduling the debate, we will proceed with this application on Tuesday, 20 November 2012.

The application and the founding affidavit may be viewed here.

Lindiwe Mazibuko, Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance

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