Afternoon news wrap: 17 March 2014
DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane says South Africa can no longer afford to have President Jacob Zuma at the helm.
Maimane has tabled his motion of no confidence against President Zuma, saying he has shown deep disrespect for the country’s constitution.
The DA leader has also been forced to withdraw a word thief directed at the President, accusing him of having benefitted out of the Nkandla security upgrades worth about R246 million.
Maimane says the President has disappointed people and advised MPs to vote wisely today.
Recently, Agang SA’s motion of no confidence against the President was withdrawn in the middle of the proceedings.
NO REFERANDUM ON ETOLLS
The future of etolls on Gauteng’s main highways will not be decided on a popular vote – despite an overwhelming uproar over the controversial electronic pay system.
Gauteng Premier, David Makhura reiterated earlier that he will not call for a provincial referendum on e-tolls.
He says he stands by the e-toll advisory panel’s recommendation that the system needs to be reviewed in order to address issues of equity, fairness and administrative simplicity.
Makhura also supports a hybrid funding mode.
ZUMA CONGRATULATES SADC MISSION FOR LESOTHO ELECTIONS
President Jacob Zuma has commended his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa and rest of the SADC led mission for help to bring peaceful elections in Lesotho.
President Zuma assured his commitment to working closely with Lesotho’s Prime Minister Mosisili to enhance the historical political relations.
Mosisili’s Democratic Congress won 47 seats in the country’s national assembly, and Thomas Thabane’s All Basotho Convention 46.
The Democratic Congress formed a coalition with six opposition parties to give Mosisili an outright majority with 18 extra seats.
ISRAELS PM SEEKS NEW TERM IN TIGHT RACE
Voting is currently under way in Israel in what is expected to be a close race between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party and a centre-left alliance.
The centre-left Zionist Union promises to repair relations with Palestinians and the international community.
Netanyahu, whose party has trailed in opinion polls, vowed not to allow the creation of a Palestinian state if he wins a fourth term.
Results are expected soon, but a lengthy period of negotiations over the formation of the next coalition government may follow.