Mbete turns down EFF to table motion of no confidence earlier

Parliament – Speaker Baleka Mbete on Monday turned down a request by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to bring forward the debate on their latest motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma as he resists pressure from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to resign.
“The Speaker has responded in the negative,” an opposition source said.
Mbete had scheduled the vote on the motion for the February 22, the day after the government is due to table the national budget for 2018.
But the EFF asked for it to take place earlier after a week of talks between Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa failed to bring the embattled president to resign.
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Zuma goes down laughing— at us

On Wednesday morning, Baleka Mbete was asked in an eNCA interview how President Jacob Zuma “seemed” when she broke the news to him that he would not be permitted to address the House.

“He looked like the ordinary Jacob Zuma,” she responded, “always ready to laugh at life.”

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Don’t be fooled by Ramphosa’s ‘New Deal’ or NDZ’s ‘radical economic transformation’

It is now abundantly clear that the race to succeed Jacob Zuma as ANC president next month is between his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma — the president’s former wife and preferred successor. No one else matters. All our attention should be focused on these two. Not that the other supposed candidates for the […]
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Mbete in hot water over secret ballot choice

ANC chairperson and National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete could face sanction from her own party for allowing the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma to be conducted by secret ballot. The Mail & Guardian has learned that the ANC’s top brass, particularly those in Zuma’s camp, are furious with Mbete for her secret […]
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National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete in hot water over secret ballot choice

ANC chairperson and National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete could face sanction from her own party for allowing the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma to be conducted by secret ballot. The Mail & Guardian has learned that the ANC’s top brass, particularly those in Zuma’s camp, are furious with Mbete for her secret […]
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Baleka Mbete speaks out on secret ballot for the first time: “damned if you do‚ damned if you don’t”

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete will decide today whether to allow a secret ballot in the vote on Tuesday’s much-anticipated motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma‚ the Sunday Times reported. Breaking her silence on the issue for the first time in weeks‚ Mbete told the Sunday Times yesterday that she was still agonising […]
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Open voting on the motion of no confidence must not take place under Mbete

Political parties represented in parliament have had until the end of last week to make submissions to the speaker of parliament, Baleka Mbete, on the motion of no confidence that will soon be voted against Jacob Zuma. The UDM of Bantu Holomisa has taken the matter of a secret ballot to the Constitutional Court, which […]
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