CAPE TOWN, (Xinhua) --
The African National Congress (ANC) in
Parliament said on Thursday it will vote against a
motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.
submitted by opposition parties, has been scheduled for
April 18 amid growing calls for Zuma to resign after he
reshuffled the cabinet, affecting 10 ministers and 10
deputy ministers, notably Finance Minister Pravin
of the ANC in Parliament, we have been inundated with
mischievous calls, text messages and emails by faceless
individuals and organizations lobbying us to disregard
the party line and vote in accordance with our
individual taste as dictated by our conscious and lobby
groups in the upcoming motion,” the ANC Chief Whip
Office said in a statement.
are not only disingenuous, but also highly unfortunate
as they seek to suggest that ANC MPs are free agents
open to all sorts of mischievous lobbying and
manipulation by the opposition and other forces, said
same opposition making these calls have always voted
along party lines yet they expect ANC MPs not to be
guided and directed by their political party, said the
reiterate that as ANC members of parliament we derive
our political mandate from the organization. We will
abide by the decision of the ANC National Working
Committee as announced by ANC Secretary General comrade
Gwede Mantashe that the ANC does not and will not
support this motion,” the statement said.
The ANC also
rejects calls by opposition parties for a secret ballot
in the motion of no confidence.
Constitution of the Republic is clear that a secret
ballot in the House applies only in the process of
electing the President, the Speaker and the Deputy
Speaker. There is no provision in the rules of the
National Assembly for such a call,” the statement said.
This call is
therefore in violation of the laws of parliament as an
institution and the Constitution, said the statement.
Some ANC MPs
reportedly voiced fear that they would be removed if
they vote in support of the motion.
For a vote
of no confidence motion to be successful, it requires
201 of the 400 National Assembly MPs to vote in favour.
motion is successful, then the president, his deputy,
cabinet ministers and all their deputies must resign as
provided for in section 102 of the Constitution.
Zuma survived two no confidence motions in Parliament
which is dominated by ANC MPs.
ANC distances itself
from call to take up arms in self-defence
CAPE TOWN, (Xinhua) --
The ruling African National
Congress (ANC) on Thursday distanced itself from radical
ANC members who threatened to take up arms in
self-defence as a national shutdown approached.
made the statement ahead of the national shutdown
scheduled for Friday. Opposition parties and civic
organizations are planning nationwide protest actions
against President Jacob Zuma, including a march to the
ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, prompting radical ANC
members to threaten to take up arms in defence of the
organization and Zuma.
in the harshest possible terms reports of people seeking
to take up arms in the name of the ANC. Such behavior
has no place in a democratic society,” the party said.
The ANC also
denied reports that it has organized pro-ANC marches to
counter the protests.
of Friday’s planned national shutdown have appealed to
ANC leaders to join their action aimed at persuading
President Jacob Zuma to step down.
civil society, religious bodies and even ANC stalwarts
have called on Zuma to quit, following the cabinet
reshuffle last week, which saw the dismissal of Pravin
Gordhan as Finance Minister.
The ANC said
it is concerned at reports of sporadic violence and
intimidation in the run-up to the planned so-called “day
of action” on Friday.
actions have no place in democratic South Africa and
threaten to turn the country back to a time where civic
activism by citizens was stifled in the name of
‘preserving law and order’”, the party said.
planned day of protests approaches, the ANC calls on all
South Africans to organize in a calm and measured
fashion, ANC acting national spokesperson Khusela
not allow inflammatory rhetoric from certain elements,
including on social media, to damage our fragile social
fabric and turn South Africans against each other,” said
encourages all South Africans to report any incidents of
illegality, intimidation or coercion to the relevant law
enforcement authorities, both in the days leading up to
the demonstrations, and on the day, he said.