The speaker Baleka Mbete, who was before now, under immense pressure to open up debate on the widely touted motion of ‘No Confidence’ on president Jacob Zuma, seems to have finally succumbed to the opposition’s agitation.

Following the latest reshuffle of cabinet by President Zuma last week, the office of the national assembly speaker has received numerous submissions by opposition parties asking her to urgently convene a sitting of the National Assembly to process the proposal for a motion of no confidence in President Zuma.

It is expected that she will make a decision as to whether the special sitting will be allowed.

The Speaker has cut short her trip to Bangladesh where she led a multiparty delegation to the 136th Session of the International Parliamentary Union.

It has been a tumultuous week for the ANC. Last week’s cabinet reshuffle has prompted senior party officials to distance themselves from his decision, and publicly voice their opposition, for the first time.

Analysts believe this could be a turning point for Africa’s oldest liberation movement.