Cape Town – South African Speaker of the National Assembly, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has reportedly said that she will, next week, provide the dates on when the motions of no confidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet will be heard.
The motions were tabled by the African Transformation Movement (ATM) and the Democratic Alliance (DA).
According to The Citizen, during the National Assembly Programming Committee on Thursday Mapisa-Nqakula told the Members of Parliament that discussions on the matter were at “an advanced stage”, and she would provide the dates next week.
“I would like to indicate that discussions are at an advanced stage. I am consulting on the matter and next week I will be giving you a date on which these two matters will be attended to,” the report quoted Mapisa-Nqakula as saying.
ATM submitted its motion of no confidence, targetting Ramaphosa’s leadership over the sealing of his bank statements related to his 2017 campaign for the ANC presidency, among other things.
Its motion of no-confidence application has been on the agenda of Parliament for the past two years, according to IOL.
It was rejected by the former National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise.
However, the party recently resubmitted the application under the new Speaker.
The DA, on the other hand, submitted its motion of no confidence against Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet during the State of the Nation Adress (SONA), EWN reported.
The DA accused Ramaphosa of being unable to hold his executive accountable for its failures.
“Because you’ve shown that you’re a president of talk and not a president of action, then we’re going to make it easier for you. Today, I’ve tabled a motion of no confidence, not in you, but the whole Cabinet in terms of Section 102.1 of the Constitution,” the report quoted DA leader Steenhuisen as saying.
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Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo