by MTHULISI SIBANDA and SAVIOUS KWINIKA
PRETORIA – SOUTH Africa’s most controversial presidential tenure looks set to end on Thursday when Parliament passes a Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma.
The motion was initially scheduled for February 22 at the request of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) but has been rescheduled after the ruling African National Congress recalled Zuma.
According to ANC and Parliament, Zuma’s tenure is over.
The parliament has scheduled the election of a new President on Friday at the joint sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces.
The ANC is proposing that its president, Cyril Ramaphosa, be elected president, the office of its Chief Whip confirmed.
A State of the Nation Address is set for the day.
On Monday, the joint sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces will debate the president’s State of the Nation Address.
The biggest opposition, Democratic Alliance (DA), was confident Zuma would be voted out.
“Jacob Zuma’s presidency has been characterised by all that is wrong in our society – grand corruption, crippling unemployment, and poverty on a scale like never before,” DA leader, Mmusi Maimane said.
Zuma was in elected 2009 as the third president of South Africa.
He took over from Kgalema Motlanthe who served as caretaker following Thabo Mbeki’s axing by the ANC in 2008.
– CAJ News