Mbete urged to set no confidence debate date
THE DA has urged national Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete to schedule a no confidence debate in President Jacob Zuma for August 1.
The call was made in a statement released yesterday by DA chief whip John Steenhuisen.
He said he had asked for an urgent meeting with the speaker to discuss the matter. Steenhuisen said he had written to Mbete a week ago calling for the DA-sponsored motion of no confidence in President Zuma to be scheduled at the earliest available opportunity.
“This followed the June 22 Constitutional Court ruling on the matter of the secret ballot. South Africans have, however, been treated to a deafening silence by Mbete save for a statement by Parliament noting that the speaker ‘will ensure the judgment is given effect’.”
Steenhuisen said Parliament’s third term was scheduled to start on July 31 and the motion of no confidence could and should take place the next day on August 1.
“It appears that Mbete is prioritising the ANC policy conference and her role as ANC chairperson, instead of her Constitutional role as speaker of the national Assembly, for which she is paid R2.716 798 a year.
“NA Rule 129 is clear that the speaker alone has the responsibility to schedule the motion and in doing so she must accord it urgent priority. She cannot drag her feet on this any longer.”
Steenhuisen urged Mbete to prioritise her role as speaker and act in the interest of the country by scheduling a motion of no confidence without delay.
PRESSURE: Speaker Baleka Mbete, left, is under pressure from DA chief whip John Steenhuisen, right, to schedule the no confidence debate.