U-turn in no-confidence vote against Ramaphosa

U-turn in no-confidence vote against Ramaphosa

A parliamentary vote of no-confidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa failed to go ahead as planned on Wednesday. 

Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Ramaphosa 20 march
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It was brought by the African Transformation Movement.


On Monday, the Western Cape High court struck off the roll the party's urgent application for the vote to be held by secret ballot.


The court said the matter was not urgent.


On Tuesday, Parliament said the motion would be debated today after Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula denied a request by ATM to postpone it.

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But there's been much deliberation by various parties around the interpretation of subjudice and the subsequent application of the house rules.


Mapisa-Nqakula has now ruled the vote of no confidence against the president cannot go ahead today.


"Parties having made their comments, I highly appreciate that. Thank you very much, honourable members. 

"I know rule that we are not proceeding on this matter and the details of what we do next will be dealt with tomorrow at the programming committee."


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