- With Zuma keeping mum on the ANC’s recall, it appears the motion of no confidence would go ahead as planned
- Briefly.co.za takes a look at what would happen to Zuma should the ANC-EFF-tag team succeed in the motion against him, as well as what the ANC meant by ‘amending’ the EFF’s motion
- According to an expert, if Zuma fails to resign before the motion and he faced impeachment in Parliament, he would lose all his presidential benefits
Zuma was expected to give his resignation on Wednesday, but after an interview with SABC, he left the ANC and South Africans with more questions than answers.
Now, the ANC’s last resort would be a motion of no confidence.
On Wednesday it was announced the EFF’s motion was moved forward from 22 February to Thursday, 15 February.
As Briefly.co.za reported, the ruling party confirmed it would be supporting the EFF’s vote of no confidence, but it would make amendments to the motion.
This means the ANC caucus will make minor changes to the opposing party’s motion, to add their reasons on “why” Zuma should be removed as the head of state.
The ruling party’s Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu said the amendments would be shared with the opposing parties before the motion proceeds.
The South African reported since it is not the ANC’s motion but the EFF’s, the amendments would allow the ruling party to insert their own reasons, such as Zuma disregarded the recall, which led to the ANC losing confidence.
If the ANC did not make amendments, it would mean they automatically agreed with all reasons the EFF provided for the motion against Zuma.
But, what will happen if they succeed in the motion of no confidence against Zuma?
Briefly.co.za learned according to constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos, if the motion passes against Zuma, he would be forced to resign immediately.
In the event of Zuma stepping down, the cabinet would also have to resign, and the speaker becomes the new head of state by default.
The Chief Justice would then decide when the National Assembly would sit to elect a new president, having only 30 days to do so.
If Zuma resigns willingly on Wednesday, his presidential package would remain the same. But, De Vos added if he was impeached in Parliament he would lose all his benefits.
The ruling party has showed to be very eager to remove Zuma, but thus far, he would not budge.
As Briefly.co.za reported earlier, the ANC said they could no longer wait for Zuma to step down, stating they wanted Ramaphosa to be sworn in as president as soon as possible, so that he could deliver the Sona.
But, De Vos says the decision does not entirely depend on the ANC. He said the Chief Justice was the one who decides when a new president would be sworn in.
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