Chief Albert Luthuli’s House might be welcoming a new president earlier than many South Africans actually expected. Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane handed over petitions containing the signatures of a million South African to the office of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday.
The documents contain the signatures of a million South Africans and calls on Ramaphosa and other ANC MPs to support a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.
“South Africans, from all walks of life, who have stood up together and said, ‘Look, we have got to a point now where we must ask Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to do the right thing,” Maimane said.
“Cyril Ramaphosa is leader of government business. He is the most senior person in the government today. He is a member of Parliament, which means he has the right to vote on this motion of no confidence. Now, the question is, what is he going to do?”
The vote is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 8.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, has yet to indicate whether the vote will be secret or not.
The constitutional court found in June that she did have the power to make such a decision.
Maimane brought the motion in March this year, following President Zuma’s latest cabinet reshuffle, in which he fired the finance minister and his deputy.
A series of marches have been planned for next week ahead of the vote.