National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that she has agreed to reschedule the EFF’s motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma for Thursday afternoon. The ANC has confirmed that it will back the EFF motion, which will result in Zuma being officially removed on Thursday as head of state should he not resign before then. The EFF motion was initially scheduled to be debated on February 22. “The speaker’s decision [to bring forward the debate] was made after consultation with the leader of government business and the chief whip of the majority party and is subject to the National Assembly’s programme committee agreeing to the scheduling of a sitting for 15 February 2018,” said Parliament spokesman Moloto Mothapo. ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile said at a media conference earlier on Wednesday afternoon: “We have asked the chief whip [Jackson Mthembu] to proceed with the motion of no confidence so that Zuma is removed and we proceed to elect Cyril...

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