ANC NEC member Fikile Mbalula says the ANC has warned its MPs that disciplinary measures will be taken against members who will vote with their conscience once a motion of no confidence is carried out in Parliament against President Jacob Zuma.
“We will not withdraw our president from parliament and we will not withdraw our President from the executive. So all party members in terms of the ANC discipline are supposed to follow that particular position. The extent to which people will be ill disciplined, the ANC will have to apply the disciplinary procedures for those who want to use their so-called conscience to determine the voting in parliament.”
He says if that were to occur, it would quite clearly been against the decisions of the ANC. ” It is not a question of threatening people, it is a question of articulating the position of the ANC,” adds Mbalula.
Mbalula said MPs who voted with the DA on the motion would be dealt with. “So members of the ANC have no right to represent their jackets in parliament. They represent the organisation. They are suicide bombers.
A suicide bomber dies for an ideology whether it is wrong or right. He dies for it or she dies for it,” he said.
Statement from Parliament
2 July 2017
The Speaker of the National Assembly has, following further consultations with political parties in Parliament and with the Executive, decided to revise the date announced for the debate on the Motion of No Confidence in the President of the Republic. The new date for the debate on the Motion is now Tuesday, 8 August 2017, and no longer 3 August 2017, as previously announced.
There was an oversight during the initial consultations and determination of the originally announced date, which overlooked the fact that a Cabinet Lekgotla had already been set for that week.
The deadline for political parties to submit their views regarding their preferred means of voting on this particular Motion, that is, whether by a secret or open ballot, remains 14 July 2017.
The Speaker will make her decision regarding the appropriate voting procedure before the scheduled debate on 8 August 2017.