ANC ‘disappointed by EFF’s political games”

The ANC said in a statement they are “disappointed by the EFF’s political games on serious matters such as a debate on the motion of no confidence they initiated.”

This follows the postponement of a sitting of the Legislature planned for today to vote on a motion of no confidence against the North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo.  The EFF insists that the motion must be conducted through a secret ballot.  It was declined by the Speaker and the EFF is now taking the decision to court.

ANC spokesperson, Gerald Modise said they are surprised that the EFF wrote to the Speaker of the Legislature with a request for a postponement of the Legislature sitting on the eve of the debate, while the party has known since last week the Speaker’s decision that the motion would be voted on using an open ballot system.

He said the EFF insistence that the debate must be conducted through a secret ballot clearly confirms their desperation because not long ago the party was okay with an open ballot in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and Mogale City last year.

According to Modise the EFF has been making noise claiming that they’ve got support from some members of the ANC in the Legislature, while they know that their intention is simply to create a hype and hope for the best. “It is clear that this motion that they have brought will not succeed because it is not getting the support they had initially anticipated”, he said.

The DA in North West say they will write to the Speaker, Susan Dantje, demanding reasons why the motion was postponed late last night.

The leader of the DA in North West, Joe McGluwa, said while pending litigation around a secret ballot has been advanced by the EFF, the DA cannot help but speculate that through the ANC-EFF romance a deal has been struck in order to buy the ANC time to deal with the matter.

He said the EFF tabled the motion more than a month ago and then abruptly postponed. “Should the EFF not have the courage to reinstate the motion to get rid of Premier we will not hesitate to table a fresh motion of no confidence”, he said.

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