Speaker Baleka Mbete postponed the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, Parliament said on Wednesday.
“The Speaker’s decision follows the request by the Democratic Alliance, under whose leader the Motion was tabled, for the motion to be postponed pending the conclusion of the Constitutional Court application by the United Democratic Movement (UDM). The motion was scheduled on an urgent basis as per the request of the DA leader, Mr Mmusi Maimane, for 18 April 2017,” Parliament said in a statement.
“The postponement of the motion will be referred to the National Assembly Programme Committee for its consideration after the constituency period.” Parliament said that the Programme Committee would be requested to reflect on the implications of the postponement on the programme of the House, especially in light of Rule 90 (rule of anticipation).
“In terms of Rule 90, postponed motions remain on the programming system of the Assembly, thereby blocking any MP from tabling a similar motion until the one tabled is debated and voted on.”
On Tuesday, Parliament said that Mbete was not opposed to a motion of no confidence in Zuma being held by secret ballot, but was rather not Constitutionally empowered to approve such a vote.