A no-confidence debate on President Jacob Zuma will take place in the National Assembly on Thursday at the instigation of the DA which threatened court action if National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete refused to grant its request. DA chief whip John Steenhuisen confirmed on Monday afternoon that he had been informed by Mbete’s office that the debate was scheduled for Thursday. A debate on a motion of no confidence would bring matters to a head and will require ANC MPs to declare their stand against state capture and corruption. DA leader Mmusi Maimane has been lobbying other opposition parties and ANC MPs to support the motion which the DA regarded as a nonpartisan motion in the interests of the country. Earlier on Monday, Steenhuisen said at a DA press briefing he had written to Mbete giving her until the close of business to respond positively to its request for a no-confidence debate failing which the DA would consider taking the matter to court. The DA submitted its request to M...

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