A briefing was held in Parliament on Friday morning by the Chief Whip of the African National Congress (ANC), Jackson Mthembu ahead of the 8 August motion of no confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma.
EWN reporter Rahima Essop says that Mthembu used dramatic language during his statement to evoke a sense of a pending apocalypse if the motion were to succeed.
He said it was tantamount to dropping a nuclear bomb. In his words, voting in favour of the motion would be disastrous for the country, causing political and economic instability bringing the country to the brink of disaster.— Rahima Essop, EWN Reporter
He viewed the removal of the President as a collapse of an ANC government.— Rahima Essop, EWN Reporter
On Thursday the former tourism minister and current ANC MP Derek Hanekom, said he believed at least half of the ANC’s caucus were deeply worried about the situation in the party.
Mthembu also said he has confidence that ANC members will vote in favour of the President says Essop. She adds that he was frank about the state of the party, saying things aren't hunky dory in the organisation.
Mthembu said the ANC will not allow its political foes to usurp power through a motion of no confidence.— Rahima Essop, EWN Reporter
Essop reports that political parties such as the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have already drawn up drafts to contest National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's decision should she decide to call for an open vote in the motion.
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