Although Parliament has shown us time and time again that they have “confidence” in Jacob Zuma, South Africans clearly feel a little differently.
More than 7 100 respondents used a tool developed by OpenUp – and hosted by News24 – to “email an MP ahead of the pending motion of no confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma”.
The respondents were also asked a series of questions before sending the email:
For one of the questions, an overwhelming 7 038 of the 7 186 people said they were “extremely concerned” about corruption in South Africa, equating to roughly 98% of respondents.
A further 114 respondents (or 1.5%) said they were “very concerned”, while only 34 respondents (0.5%) said they were either moderately, slightly or not concerned.
That 0.5% are either terribly naive, on the payroll, or just have all the faith when it comes to JZ and the ANC.
Only 41 of those who used the tool consented to feedback, and only three of them said “they had received responses to their emails from the MPs”:
Two of those were members of the Democratic Alliance, while the third was a Freedom Front Plus MP.
DA MP James Selfe told user Tony Hoare that he fully intended supporting the motion of no confidence in Zuma. DA MP Hendrik Schmidt told another user that they always tried to keep the ANC government accountable.
The contents of the Freedom Front Plus MP’s response were not shared by the user.
Here’s an infographic of the results:
Yoh, they must be hating on News24.
The next motion of no confidence is scheduled for August 8.
Although Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete is still due to announce whether the vote will be conducted by a secret ballot for the first time or not, News24 has opened the same email system to lay on the pressure.
This time, you can email Mbete directly and indicate whether you think she should declare the vote secret or open.
Pop over here to send your email and maybe, just maybe it will make a difference.
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