Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu says action should be taken against Members of Parliament who voted with the opposition during the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.
Of the 384 MPs who voted through secret ballot, 198 voted for Zuma to stay in office, while 177 voted in favour of the motion. There were 9 abstentions.
Zulu says a collective decision taken by the ANC as an organisation is binding for everyone.
As an organisation, when we take collective decision in an ANC meeting and say this is the way we going to go as far as whatever that is on the table... we are convinced that the opposition is not interested in anything else but to continue weakening the ANC.— Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development
Therefore the ANC cadres and members of the ANC need to stick to a decision made by the collective because if we don't do that we are setting a wrong precedence.— Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development
Zulu says what happened in Parliament on Tuesday is completely and utterly unacceptable for members of the ANC to vote with the opposition.
She says there are processes in place within the ANC to discipline members who go against the code of the organisation.
The ANC needs to sit down, count and look at who voted with the opposition.— Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development
Ranjeni Munusamy, associate editor for Daily Maverick says it was not surprising that the a number of ANC members voted with the opposition becasue some members declared that they would be voting with their conscience.
The fact that it was around 26 ANC members who supported the motion, it tells you about the level of turbulance withing the ANC.— Ranjeni Munusamy, Associate Editor Daily Maverick
The fact that these members defied rules set by the leadership tells you about the story of the internal instability in the ANC.— Ranjeni Munusamy, Associate Editor Daily Maverick