"We in this parliament are the same as Jacob Zuma and so therefore no one amongst us qualifies to be a president of South Africa if Zuma doesn't qualify to be a president of South Africa".
"We received information from the Speaker and the Office of the Chief Justice has made itself available in the business of officiating in the election of the new president", said Mthembu.
"The court found that we did not discharge our constitutional duties in the protection of the Public Protector in holding Zuma accountable, that was with regards to Nkandla". And there was no possibility the EFF motion of no confidence was going to be withdrawn.
The parliament has scheduled the election of a new President on Friday at the joint sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces.
"Furthermore‚ opposition parties should not be opportunistic and field candidates for position of President because none won elections and even when combined‚ do not constitute more than 50% of the vote".
EFF leader Julius Malema wants parliament dissolved today, Thursday, and has the motion to achieve just that at the ready.
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Malema says that despite the ANC recalling Jacob Zuma, it is still a party that protected him for so long, while the rest of the country had been calling for his removal. We will continue to be ever vigilant and hold government to account‚ and ensure we never again allow the rot to set it until it becomes too late.
It is expected that ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa will be sworn in as the head of state.
"We don't have a Jacob Zuma problem".
Malema also reacted to Ramaphosa's plan of presenting the state of the nation address tomorrow.
"We can not be part of an illegitimate process".
"The EFF patiently and relentlessly fought against Jacob Zuma's leadership of South Africa because he was a disaster‚ a post-colonial disaster who nearly brought South Africa to its total collapse". "We want to go on with renewal and focus on the things that our people have been asking us to do".