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Pres. Zuma's day in Parliament, Metro bus investigation, CPT fire rages on

Today in Parliament: Zuma to face motion of no confidence

EWN Parliament's Gaye Davis on this story: President Jacob Zuma faces a motion of no confidence in his leadership in Parliament this afternoon. The motion has been brought by Agang SA, which went to court to try and get today's debate postponed. The party first wanted the court to decide whether National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete is fit for her post and to rule that Members of Parliament (MPs) be allowed to vote on the motion by way of a secret ballot. The Western Cape High Court ruled these matters were semi-urgent and argument will be heard on a later date. Meanwhile, the motion of no confidence is going ahead. The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament says the motion of no confidence is a time wasting gimmick that’s destined for the dustbins of history. In a statement from the office of Chief Whip Stone Sizani, it says the ANC is looking forward to reaffirming the ‘confidence of the overwhelming majority of South Africans in the able leadership of President Jacob Zuma’. The ANC’s majority in Parliament means the motion is destined to fail. But for the hour and 15 minutes it’s set to last, opposition parties will be spelling out just why they think Zuma is unfit to lead the country.

[FIRST ON EWN] Metrobus damning findings

FILE: A Metrobus crashed through the concrete barrier of a bridge in Braamfontein on 25 February 2015. Picture: @MatheGift via Twitter.

EWN's Alex Eliseev on this story: Eyewitness News has learnt a report finalised just days before last week's dramatic Braamfontein Metrobus accident has made damning findings against another driver involved in a fatal crash last year. The report was compiled for the Municipal Transport Committee and investigated a July 2014 accident that saw an abandoned Metrobus roll down a Randburg street, leaving four people dead. Last Wednesday, another Metrobus, fortunately with no passengers on board, crashed through the concrete barrier of the Queen Elizabeth Bridge in Braamfontein injuring the driver. The report into last year’s Metrobus crash found that the bus wasn’t 100 percent roadworthy. However, what led to the disaster wasn’t the vehicle’s braking system, but the driver leaving the bus unattended and failing to engage the handbrake. The report also states a criminal charge has been laid against the driver, who left his bus to roll almost a kilometre down the street after it broke down. It recommends a review of how Metrobus deals with breakdowns in general, assess the state of its fleet and conducts intensive driver training.

CPT: fear of fire spread three days later

Screenshot from video by: Aletta Gardner/EWN

EWN's Natalie Malgas and Shamiela Fisher on this story: efforts to contain massive fires raging on the Southern Peninsula will enter a third day this morning, with concerns that if the wind takes a sudden turn, firefighters will face an almost insurmountable battle. Multiple fires broke out in the mountains over Muizenberg and rapidly spread to surrounding areas. It's laid waste to thousands of hectares of vegetation and a number homes have been destroyed while two retirement villages had to be evacuated as a precaution.

Watch Aletta Gardner's video of a helicopter pilot's view of the fire here

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