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DA in another attempt at vote of no confidence in Zuma

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Parliament – The Democratic Alliance said on Thursday it will table a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma following confirmation by the South African Communist Party that he wants to fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

It will be the fifth time the official opposition parties attempts to remove Zuma from office in this manner.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the DA has written to Speaker Baleka Mbete to say it wants the motion debated when Parliament reconvenes after the Easter recess.

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President Jacob Zuma File picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

"Since his reckless and irrational decision to recall Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his Deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, from an international roadshow to boost investment, growth and job creation in South Africa, the gains made by Gordhan and Jonas to restore credibility in our economy following the disastrous firing of former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, 15 months ago, have all but been eviscerated," Maimane said.

The Economic Freedom Fighters on Thursday headed to the Constitutional Court with an application asking that it order Mbete to institute impeachment proceedings against the president.

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The EFF said it was doing so because of Zuma's handling of the Nkandla scandal, in which he was eventually found by the court to have flouted the law and ordered to pay for luxuries added to his rural home at public cost.

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