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JUST IN: Motion of no confidence against President Ramaphosa to be heard next week

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A motion of no confidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa will be heard in parliament next week.

This will be the first time Ramaphosa has faced such a motion in parliament.

Masibulele Xaso, secretary of the National Assembly (NA), told MPs in the NA’s programs committee on Thursday morning that Thandi Modise, speaker of the NA, had asked him to inform MPs that she had approved such a motion.

“There was a request from the ATM (African Transformation Movement, a political party in parliament) for a motion of no confidence in the president that the speaker’s office received several months ago. The speaker approved that request. Our recommendation is that it be heard next Thursday, 3 December,”Xaso said.

Earlier, the ATM submitted the motion to the parliament in February this year – before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa.

Vuyolwethu Zungula, ATM president and MP, then said about the motion that it was submitted because the country under Ramaphosa’s leadership is only falling further backward.

He said at the time that under Ramaphosa’s leadership there was “only summit after summit, promise after promise, one investment conference after another, youth and women councils, but the country is still only sinking”.

According to him, the “New Dawn that was promised, turned into almost a nightmare for every citizen”.

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