S.Africa opposition EFF says will boycott election of new president Thursday

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule

If the EFF believes that the 5th parliament is illegitimate, it could argue that its election of Ramaphosa is also illegitimate, and he should not have the right to address the national assembly.

"If Ramaphosa becomes president, he is simply going to replace Zuma's corruption stooges with his own corruption stooges".

President Jacob Zuma has refused to accept the ANC's decision to sack him, and the party will now have to rely on an open ballot motion of no confidence brought by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to remove him in Parliament.

The party will therefore support the Democratic Alliance's motion, filed last week and still waiting for a scheduling, to dissolve Parliament.

While the ANC can not bring its own motion, which party chief whip Jackson Mthembu said would have been "ideal", parliamentary rules allow a party to bring an amendment to a motion.

Ramaphosa, the recently elected ANC president, is expected to deliver the state of the nation address on Friday evening. Sources from Cape Town, the seat of parliament, indicated that this decision was adopted after Zuma's reluctance to comply with the resignation request made by the Executive Committee, after exhaustive deliberations held in this capital.

"He is a conman and a trickster who when caught in the wrong, plays victimhood with the aim of misleading the gullible into supporting him [sic]".

"We have now asked the chief whip to proceed with the motion of no confidence tomorrow...so that President Zuma is then removed so that we can then proceed to elect President [Cyril] Ramaphosa..."

"Thereafter, we will put it to the House that Parliament must be dissolved". So we should just go back and get a fresh mandate. We want to be there for the victory.

The National Assembly will meet from 14:00.

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