As the Democratic Alliance (DA) warms up to debate a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, the party has requested top ANC MPs to vote in favour of the motion.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane made this call while speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg over the weekend.
He particularly requested ANC former chief whip Mathole Motshekga and his successor Jackson Mthembu to do away with ‘corrupt’ Zuma on the D-day.
Mmusi Maimane added that it would be meaningful for the top ANC members to stand up and vote with their conviction; rather than shying away from calling a spade a spade.
He asserted that it’s no news that top ANC members are intrinsically dissatisfied with the Zuma-led administration, and have expressed their deepest worry over the piles of scandals alleged against him.
“The nation has lost confidence in Zuma. Why are you shielding him?” Therefore our request has always been to them to vote with their conviction,” Maimane said.
He said the calls for Zuma’s resignation aren’t enough, adding that the only meaningful way to push him out is for ANC members to support the DA-initiated vote of no confidence.
On the other hand, Maimane said he would legally charge National Speaker Baleka Mbete for excluding the proposed vote of no confidence debate from Parliament’s timetable. The motion was scheduled to be debated this week but was found to be missing in Parliament’s programme.
Also in the press briefing were newly elected Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga and Cape Town veteran politician Patricia de Lille.
Last week, former chief whip Mathole Motshekga wrote to President Zuma; asking him to honourably resign. Motshega also encouraged him to do some soul searching once he resigns. He vehemently rejected the idea that ANC NEC and entire leadership were responsible for Zuma’s flaws.
ANC Chief whip Mthembu, last month, also asked Zuma and the entire ANC NEC to step down for dragging the face of the party in the mud.
Apart from these men, several other top ANC members and stalwarts have publicly asked Zuma to resign in order to save the party and the country at large.