The Democratic Alliance (DA) has spoken out against National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, saying she is dragging her feet on the no-confidence vote.
Following a Constitutional Court decision giving Mbete the power to render the vote secret or not, the DA has accused Mbete of prioritising ANC interests ahead of the National Assembly by neglecting to set a date for the vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma.
“NA Rule 129 is clear that the Speaker alone has the responsibility to schedule the motion and in doing so she must accord it urgent priority”, reads the statement by DA Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen.
Mbete released a statement soon after the ConCourt ruling, stating that she would ensure the judgement would be given effect without offering any specific terms as to how or when.
Cyril Ramaphosa has added to Mbete’s pressure by stating that she must think carefully and quickly on this matter to ensure she fills her mandate serving the interest of the South African public.
The vote is expected to be scheduled soon after the parliament reopens on the 31st of July.