Making headlines: Ramaphosa receives DA petition calling for Zuma to be fired; Joburg mayor removes economic development MMC for suspected misconduct; And, Nzimande says SACP will never align itself with anything anti-ANC
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.
Ramaphosa receives DA petition calling for Zuma to be fired
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa received a petition from the DA yesterday, calling for President Jacob Zuma to be fired.
The Presidency said in a statement that the Deputy President has noted and received the DA petition presented to the Office of the Deputy President yesterday, which relates to the motion of no confidence proceedings to take place in Parliament on August 8.
This vote comes amid growing concerns of endless reports of possible corruption linked to the wealthy and controversial Gupta brothers. National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, is yet to decide whether the motion of no confidence should proceed via secret ballot or not. The DA brought the motion.
Yesterday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the petition he delivered to Ramaphosa was signed by one-million South Africans.
Joburg mayor removes economic development MMC for suspected misconduct
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba announced yesterday, that he removed the Economic Development MMC Sharon Peetz, on grounds of suspected misconduct.
The alleged misconduct relates to an investigation into whether Peetz acted “irregularly” in arranging for a family member to accompany her on an official trip to Spain.
Mashaba said the allegation was levelled against Peetz earlier this year, during a council meeting.
And, Nzimande says SACP will never align itself with anything anti-ANC
The SACP says while it will never agree to anything that poses a threat to the tripartite alliance, it would have preferred to meet with the ANC ahead of the August 8 motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.
The party told delegates at its fourteenth national congress that it was still waiting to meet with the ANC following calls it made for Zuma to resign as the head of State.
General Secretary Blade Nzimande also told journalists that the party’s members would not go in "blindly".
The SACP and other alliance partners have expressed a lack of confidence in Zuma.