Tag: Zuma

ACDP Leader calls on Zuma to place the country above himself

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’.

14 February 2018

Uncertainty surrounding Zuma’s removal is key factor in SONA postponement

ACDP MP and Whip, Cheryllyn Dudley today said that, “The meeting of Chief Whips yesterday confirmed that the State of the Nation Address (SONA), which was scheduled to take place today (Thursday, 8 February), has been postponed, primarily, to allow for consultations between the ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Jacob Zuma who have been in discussions about “transitional arrangements and that South Africans’ concerns about the uncertainty surrounding President Zuma’s removal is a key factor.”

Dudley said that, “The business of the Whips is to see that the work of Parliament continues without disruptions, in the interests of the nation and SONA is therefore likely to be postponed until after the Budget process has been completed”.

The Budget process is scheduled to be completed by 15 March 2018.

In the meantime the discussions regarding ‘transitional arrangements’ are said to be “constructive” and ANC President Ramaphosa is quoted as saying “I am certain that the process we have now embarked on will achieve an outcome that not only addresses these concerns, but also unites our people around the tasks that all of us must necessarily undertake to build our country. We will be able to communicate further on President Zuma’s position as President of the Republic once we have finalised all pertinent matters”.

8 February 2018