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Vote of no confidence for President Zuma

While Zuma’s fate has ANC president has been question on the road to Manguang, it is opposition parties, and not the ANC, who may be his downfall.

Lindiwe Mazibuko, DA MP, has tabled a vote of no confidence in President Zuma on behalf of several opposition parties.

These include the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), the Azanian People’s Organisation, Congress of the People (Cope), the Democratic Alliance (DA), Freedom Front Plus, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), The United Christian Democratic  Party and the African People’s Convvention.

According to M&G Online, the parties issued a joint statement this afternoon, listing their reasons.

“President Zuma no longer has the confidence of our political parties to serve as president,” says the statement.

According to the Sowetan, Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota says that reasons for the vote of no confidence include the Marikana killings; the Nkandlagate scandal; the failure to deliver textbooks to Limpopo and the Eastern Cape; the downgrading of South Africa’s credit rating by two major ratings agencies; disrespect for the Constitution and judiciary; unemployment; and the “uncontrollable and rising tide” of corruption in the public service.

“All of these collectively point to the reality that ours is a country which lacks decisive leadership and vision,” says Lekota.

According to BDLive, ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe says that the parties will call for the National Assembly to conduct a secret ballot.

“There are many within the ANC (African National Congress) who are against President Zuma,” he says. “We have seen the registration of the South African National Congress recently and the emergence of the ‘Anyone But Zuma’ campaign within the ANC.”

The African Congress Part, Pan Africanist Congeress and the Minority Front, do not seem to support the motion says BDLive.

-Megan Ellis-