- Baleka Mbete confirmed the EFF's vote of no confidence was moved to 15 February
- The ruling party has agreed to back the EFF's motion, which would lead to Zuma's removal as the head of state
- Paul Mashatile said the ruling party asked the chief whip, Jackson Mthembu, to proceed with the motion of no confidence, so that they could elect Cyril Ramaphosa as the new South African president
The motion of no confidence set against Zuma by the EFF has been moved forward from 22 February to Thursday, Baleka Mbete confirmed on Wednesday.
As Briefly.co.za reported earlier, the ruling party said they would support the vote of no confidence, which would see Zuma's removal, unless he resigns prior to the motion.
Parliament spokesman Moloto Mothapo said Baleka's decision followed a discussion with the leader of government business and the chief whip of the majority party.
Earlier on Wednesday, ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile said they urged Jackson Mthembu to continue with the debate so that Zuma could be removed as the head of state.
He added they would then proceed to elect Cyril Ramaphosa as the new South African president, which would enable him to deliver the Sona.
Mashatile said they couldn't delay Zuma's removal, stating the NEC made its decision and must be executed.
Briefly.co.za gathered Mthembu said if Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng would be available on Thursday, the possibility exist that Ramaphosa could be sworn in as head of state.
If it was not possible on Thursday, he would then likely be sworn in on Friday morning, Mthembu added.
BusinessLIVE reported the ruling party wanted to table their own motion, asking the EFF to withdraw theirs, but the opposing party refused.
He said they would the amendments to the EFF motion, which would see the removal of the president.
Mothapo added a special meeting was scheduled for later on Wednesday to further discuss the issue.
He added Mbete decided the vote would be done by an open ballot, even after the EFF requested if be conducted by a secret ballot.
“Section 57 of the Constitution, 1996, directs the National Assembly to conduct its business, among others, with due regard to representative and participatory democracy, accountability and transparency. Ms Mbete said in her letter that she believed that this decision strengthens Parliament’s efficiency in its oversight of the executive.”
According to Ace Magashule on Tuesday, Zuma was expected to respond to the ANC's decision to recall him on Wednesday.
Magashule added regardless of his answer, Ramaphosa would be the one delivering the state of the nation address (Sona).
It is believed Zuma's refusal to step down and hold onto the presidency has forced the ANC caucus to pursue a motion of no confidence.
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