- President Cyril Ramaphosa will be facing his first motion of no confidence this week
- While this has prompted some raised eyebrows, it seems as if the ruling party remains unfazed
- The ANC has made it clear it is not worried about the upcoming motion
The African National Congress has told Parliament that it is not worried about President Cyril Ramaphosa's looming motion of no confidence.
The motion had been brought forward by the African Transformation Movement and is set to be debated later this week.
The ruling party's Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina has made it clear that the ANC is not in the least bit concerned:
“As the ANC caucus, we are looking forward to that motion, let them bring it. ATM has only two seats in Parliament. But our multiparty democracy allows any party to bring any motion in Parliament. We are equal to the task, let them bring it.”
Majodina threw some shade at the ATM itself, saying that South Africans hadn't given them the power to rule the country:
“The people of South Africa have shown them that they cannot rule or govern any country hence they have two seats. Let them come with that lousy motion. The ANC is ready, that is the work of the opposition."
The SABC reports that the ATM party had approached Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise to request a secret ballot on Thursday.
ATM spokesperson, S'busiso Mncwabe is confident that the party has garnered enough support to succeed:
“Immediately when we put the motion that time we started engaging our fellow opposition colleagues in the benches, in Parliament to make sure that we got the support."
Mncwabe says that the party had immediately begun meeting with colleagues to strengthen their chance for passing the motion:
"What we want most is to strengthen our backing, we must go for a secret ballot. We might shock the nation come next week."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC Parliamentary majority Caucus (230 MPs) can easily help Ramaphosa to defeat the vote of no confidence but if the speaker allows secret ballot and ANC Parliamentary Caucus members decided to use the motion to fight their party internal battles, then Ramaphosa might probably lose.
According to political analyst, Action Setaka, the ATM sponsored notion presents a good opportunity for South Africans to see real political allies and adversities of Ramaphosa’s government administration.
‘’No so long ago ATM supported Ramaphosa when EFF wanted to oust the President for the same reason they (ATM) want him to be removed for. All of Sudden when Zuma, Magashule and others who have kind to them (ATM), they conveniently want Ramaphosa to be removed. I hope the electorate can see what is at play here. For me, this vote of no confidence against President Ramaphosa should not be divorced from South Africa's political manoeuvrings. ‘’
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