The Economic Freedom Fighters’ request for a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma has been scheduled for February 22, a day after the budget speech.

Parliament’s presiding officers on Thursday said they had rejected the EFF’s request to hold the motion before next week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

This year’s SONA will go ahead as planned next week, irrespective of who is president of the country, they said.

Parliament on Friday provided reasons for why the motion can only happen after SONA and Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s first budget speech.

The decision had taken into account the National Assembly’s busy programme, including SONA, the SONA debate, the president’s reply and the tabling of the national budget on February 21.

“Ms Mbete had also consulted relevant stakeholders,” spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said.

The EFF on Thursday said they were preparing to “raise their issues” with Zuma at SONA next Thursday, February 8, as a result –  vowing it could not be business as usual.



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