ACDP Leader Rev Kenneth Meshoe expressed deep concern about potential violence being encouraged by the tone of the current President’s statement which was clearly dividing, rather than unifying the nation at this critical hour and has called on President Zuma “to place the country and our people’s welfare” above himself.
Rev Meshoe said “The ACDP welcomes the speedy action taken by the Chief Whips and Officials of Parliament to facilitate the transition of power necessary in the face of the ANC decision to recall Jacob Zuma. Parliament has a constitutional role and responsibility in placing a President in office and in removing a President.
We are satisfied that every effort is being taken to ensure minimum disruption to the programme of Parliament and the lives of the South African people.”
In the Chief Whips Forum and programming meetings today it was agreed that the EFF Motion will be tabled for tomorrow afternoon at 14:00, and a Plenary scheduled for Friday morning at 10:00, to elect and swear in the 5th President of the Republic of South Africa. A State of the Nation Address (SONA) will then take place on the same day at 19:00. The SONA debate will take place on Monday, February 19th, and the new President will respond on Tuesday.
Once the motion of no confidence passes in the National Assembly the current President will be out of office with immediate effect.
If the President resigns in the meantime the only change will be that an acting President rather than a President will address SONA and there will be no ‘motion of no confidence’.
ISSUED BY: REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
14 February 2018