CAPE TOWN, The Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s main opposition party, has handed over to the office of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at Parliament here more than a million petititons from the people calling for President Jacob Zuma to be removed from office over alleged “State capture”, or being subject to undue influence by outside parties.
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane handed over 20 boxes of petitions to Ramaphosa’s in Parliament here Wednesday. He was accompanied by a group of DA supporters, the party’s chief whips in Parliament and party spokesperson Phumzile van Damme.
The petitions are a calling on President Jacob Zuma to be removed. Maimane also handed over a memorandum calling on Ramaphosa to support the DA’s motion of no confidence in President Zuma when it is voted on in the National Assembly next Tuesday.
We call on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to vote and fire President Jacob Zuma in next Tuesday’s Motion of No Confidence. Three weeks ago, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said he will not remain quiet when it comes to the looting of our country through State Capture. These were in fact his words. These words will mean nothing until they are put into action. If you want to see if somebody is serious about things, let them in fact exercise their vote and show consciousness.
Ramaphosa’s director on Parliamentary matters, Nazeema Ahmed, officially received the petition. Ahmed told Maimane that the Deputy President would receive the message. I just wanted to say that without hesitation I will bring this to the attention of the Deputy President immediately as I leave from here.
Maimane responded: I really appreciate it and he needs not respond to me. All I am asking him to do is to respond on the 8th August, he does the right thing. That will be the best response. All I am asking his to do is to put South Africa first, not Jacob Zuma.
The handing over of the petitions came just six days ahead of the motion which is expected to be debated next week. National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete still has to take a decision on whether voting on the motion will be by a secret ballot.
DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen expressed unhappiness about the delay by Mbete. We have written to her. She has asked for space to be given the opportunity to apply her mind. I am not sure how much space she needs and I think it was somewhat hypocritical of her to give parties a deadline by which they have to make submissions to her office but she is not prepared to be held to a deadline herself,” he said.
“And I think she is behaving recklessly and I think that she’s imperiling the image of Parliament, because what she wants more than anything is for the day to degenerate, because then it is a smoke screen that President Jacob Zuma needs to hide away from the nine million South Africans who do not have work.
Parliament says the Speaker is still considering the secret ballot matter thoroughly before announcing the final decision. The DA has emphasised that its MPs will participate in voting openly or by secret ballot, as long as Mbete’s decision is rational as required by a ruling of the Constitutional Court, the national highest court.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK