The ANC in Parliament has called on the party’s national leadership to discipline one of its MPs who has publicly pronounced that he will not vote according to the party line in the upcoming motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. ANC MP Mondli Gungubele stated last week that he was prepared to break ranks and vote in favour of the opposition motion to remove Zuma from office. "I find it difficult to have confidence in the president," Gungubele reportedly said. Last week, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal formally initiated disciplinary proceedings against another ANC MP, Makhosi Khoza, who has openly criticised Zuma and called for his resignation. There is speculation that the ANC wants to suspend Khoza before the motion of no confidence debate, which is scheduled to take place on August 8. ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu on Monday described Gungubele’s pronouncements as "crude and defiant".

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