Wednesday, 30 March 2022 21:20

DA motion of no confidence to dissolve Ramaphosa's cabinet fails.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

A Democratic Alliance (DA) motion of no confidence in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s entire cabinet failed on Wednesday evening with all ANC MPs and some smaller parties present in the house and on the virtual platform voting against the DA proposal, as expected.

The ANC, which enjoys 230 seats in the 400-seat National Assembly, closed ranks and quashed the DA's attempt to have the cabinet effectively dissolved.This as pressure mounts on the president and his ministers to implement critical economic reforms necessary to revive growth and halt SA's worsening unemployment crisis, which hit a high of 35.3% in the fourth quarter of 2021. 

The ANC's majority of 231 MPs voted against the motion by the DA with 131 opposition MPs backing the motion. There was one member of Parliament who abstained.

It was the first time that such a motion was heard, and it also made use of the roll call voting system for the first time.

None of the ANC MPs broke rank, while other opposition parties like the IFP, GOOD, the NFP, AIC and Al Jama-ah also didn't support the motion.

The DA, EFF, FF Plus, ACDP, UDM and ATM supported the motion. COPE's Willie Madisha abstained, and the PAC was absent.

The voting took more than two and a half hours.

Introducing the motion, DA leader John Steenhuisen said it was about "restoring the most sacred and fundamental tenet of any democracy: The principle of accountability".

"One of the oldest jokes around is that the letters ANC stand for Absolutely No Consequences. And this would've been funny had it not been so devastatingly true. The results of this impunity can be seen everywhere," he said.

Steenhuisen said the real world was far from "lavish ministerial vehicle allowances, state-sponsored petrol and VIP security detail".

The ANC’s majority in defeating the motion by the DA comes after the Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, referred another motion by the African Transformation Movement to the programming committee on Thursday.

The motion of no confidence in Ramaphosa was tabled by the ATM, but it wanted a secret ballot.

It went to the High Court in the Western Cape early this week seeking an urgent application but the court said it was not urgent.