S.African parliament’s speaker to consider Zuma no-confidence vote request

South Africa’s speaker of parliament says she will consider a request from opposition parties to hold a no-confidence vote on President Jacob Zuma.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (APRIL 2, 2017) (SABC) – The speaker of South Africa’s parliament said on Sunday (April 2, 2017) she would consider a request from opposition parties to hold a no confidence vote on President Jacob Zuma.

Speaker Baleka Mbete, who is also the national chairperson of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), said in a televised news conference after she cut short a trip abroad that she wanted to ensure the opposition requests were “given the appropriate consideration.”

The main opposition parties, the centrist Democratic Alliance (DA) and the ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters Party (EFF), both wrote to Mbete asking that she reconvene parliament and hold an urgent sitting for a no-confidence motion.

Previous no-confidence motions against Zuma have failed as the ANC has a commanding majority, but there is a growing backlash against him from within his own party and its allies after a string of missteps and scandals.