South Africa’s Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete has scheduled a debate on the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma for 8 August in Cape Town, according to her office on Sunday.Opposition parties Democratic Alliance‚ the United Democratic Movement and the Economic Freedom Fighters had requested that the motion‚ first submitted in March and originally scheduled for debate on 18 April, be rescheduled in the wake of a Constitutional Court ruling on the use of a secret ballot after the debate.
“In terms of Rule 129 of the National Assembly‚ once a motion of no confidence is requested‚ the Speaker must accord such motion due priority,” Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said.
He said before scheduling the debate, the Speaker “must consult with the leader of government business in parliament and the chief whip of the ruling African National Congress.
“The motion of no confidence must be scheduled‚ debated and voted on within a reasonable period of time‚ given the programme of the Assembly‚” Mothapo said.
He said Mbete has invited “interested parties to submit their views regarding their preferred means of voting on this particular motion – open or secret ballot.
“The views of the parties‚ considered together with a host of other factors‚ including the prevailing conditions‚ would assist the Speaker to arrive at a well-informed and logical decision,” he said.
The no confidence motion in Zuma is meant to remove him from power following accusations from the opposition and civil society that the president’s is no longer fit to run the country due to his alleged poor management style in the past two years.