CAPE TOWN– Mmusi Maimane, the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), says a motion a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, tabled by by the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) must be moved forward if he refuses to resign immediately.

He made the statement to the media in Cape Town Wednesday, following the postponement of the State Of The Nation Address which President Zuma was to have delivered to joint session of both houses of Parliament here on Thursday.

It’s only Parliament that elects the president, it’s not Luthuli House (headquarters of the ruling African National Congress party), not even the ANC’s conference …. it is Parliament, and therefore Parliament has the right to remove the president …. and we believe that the motion of no confidence must be scheduled sooner rather than later if Zuma does not come through, Maimane said.

Secondly, we believe that if Zuma does resign, we believe that it’s important that we urgently have a sitting where in fact Parliament elects a new president. It is waste of South Africa’s time to in fact have an acting president and delays.

Analyst have suggested that the proposed motion of no confidence in President Zuma is a move by opposition parties to show they are activists against corruption.

Meanwhile, President Zuma on Wednesday chaired the routine, scheduled meetings of the various Cabinet Committees in Cape Town alongside Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was elected president of the ANC in December 2017, succeeding President Zuma, who has ended his maximum two terms as party leader.

The Cabinet Committees which sat on Wednesday included those of the Economic Sector, Employment and Infrastructure Development, International Co-operation, Trade and Security. The President is also expected to chair another session on Thursday, and is expected to officiate at the Ubuntu Awards on Saturday evening.

On Wednesday, Ramaphosa confirmed that he held discussions with Zuma over his future as Head of State.

Ramaphosa said in a statement that the talks on this matter would be finalised within days, and he would be reporting back to his party and the country soon.