The National Assembly has not received an application by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to table a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma, Parliament said on Thursday.
“Parliament has noted with concern incorrect claims circulating in the media that the Economic Freedom Fighters has written to the Speaker’s office requesting the National Assembly to debate the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma. No such correspondence has been received by the office of the Speaker,” it said.
According to media reports, the red berets lodged an application to table the motion with National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete on Tuesday.
This came after attempts by a few Cabinet ministers to have Zuma removed as ANC leader failed at the party’s extended national executive committee meeting that ended on Monday.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday that the request by some members of the national executive committee to Zuma to step down had failed, and that the members instead agreed to work on unifying the ruling party, Mantashe said.