On Thursday President Jacob Zuma faces his fifth Motion of No Confidence in Parliament since 2012.
Speaker Baleka Mbete’s office confirmed in a letter to DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen: “I wish to inform you that the motion is scheduled for 10 November 2016.”
The debate will take place a week after the release of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s damning State of Capture report in which she found Zuma may have flouted the law when he failed to take action when reports emerged of improper ties between the State and the Gupta family.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane says although he requested the debate three weeks ago, the release of the report made the need for one even more pressing.
“I tabled this motion 20 days ago, in order to give Parliament – the body which represents the people of South Africa – an opportunity to give legitimate expression to the overwhelming disapproval of, and opposition to President Zuma and his administration,” Maimane says.
He said Zuma must go before his term ends in 2019.
Previous motions of no confidence were easily voted down by the ANC majority in the National Assembly.
However, the ANC says calls for Zuma to step down were premature as they found the state capture report to be “groundless”.
“It is premature and unfounded,” Mantashe told a media briefing after a two-day meeting of the ANC’s National Working Committee.
He described the 355-page report as being “inconclusive” and containing no binding findings of guilt on the part of anybody.