National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete has scheduled a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma‚ requested by EFF leader Julius Malema‚ for February 22 — the day after the national budget presentation. Zuma is scheduled to present the state of the nation address on February 8. Parliament said in a statement that in her letter to the EFF‚ Mbete had informed Malema that “the determination had taken into account the programme of the National Assembly‚ including the state of the nation address‚ debate on the address‚ the president’s reply to the debate and the tabling of the national budget on February 21. Ms Mbete had also consulted relevant stakeholders.” DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s request that the state of the nation address be postponed was rejected. “Ms Mbete explained that the president‚ as head of state and government‚ had exercised powers vested in him in terms of the Constitution … read together with joint rule 7(1)‚ when he called on Parliament to convene the state ...

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