South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces a no-confidence motion next week, a parliament official said Thursday. It will be his first taste of such motion since taking power nearly three years ago. The motion was brought by the African Transformation Movement.
The African Transformation Movement (ATM), which has just two seats in the 400-member National Assembly says Ramaphosa failed to disclose to Parliament that he benefitted financially from his presidential campaign in 2017.
“The speaker has approved that request, and our recommendation is that it be dealt with next Thursday,” Masibulele Xaso, secretary to the National Assembly, told the parliament’s programming committee.
The ATM submitted the motion in February, but all parliamentary matters have been delayed due to COVID-19 lockdown. A two-thirds majority is required to pass such a motion.
Ramaphosa became president in February 2018 after President Jacob Zuma was forced to step down amid growing corruption scandals. The following year, he won a popular mandate in the general elections.