Deadline looms for Baleka Mbete as opposition pushes to remove Zuma

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete until 1 pm on Tuesday, to respond to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) demand to bring forward a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

Mbete faces legal action from the party if she fails to do so.

The opposition has demanded that a motion of no confidence be brought forward to this week, after Mbete set 22 February as the original date for the EFF’s motion to be debated.

Eyewitness News reporter Lindsay Dentlinger has more on the story.

As far as we know, she is not even in Cape Town at this moment. She did respond to her initial 10 am deadline which they had set for her this morning, saying she needed more time to consult the leader of government business, which is Cyril Ramaphosa as well as the ANC's chief whip.

Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter

But since that announcement, there have been some other developments here at Parliament which indicate that maybe what they are asking for is unlikely to take precedence at this time.

Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter

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Meanwhile, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has joined a move by opposition parties, to dissolve Parliament.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says if Zuma is not recalled, this may be the best way forward.

If we say Zuma must go because he violated the oath of his office as it was found by the ConCourt, equally so the same finger was pointed at the National Assembly, so it would appear then, therefore, the best way forward would be to collapse the whole thing.

Bantu Holomisa, UDM leader

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