A senior Member of Parliament from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party has openly voiced his support for ANC and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over the leadership of the country from President Jacob Zuma.

ANC MP Mathole Motshekga, who is Chairperson of Parliament’s Justice Committee, said Sunday that Ramaphosa should take over as President immediately when President Jacob Zuma finally resigns.

Motshekga is the latest ANC bigwig to turn against Zuma after the release of the State of Capture Report by the former Public Protector (Ombudsman) on the exercise of undue influence on the President by the Gupta family, a South African family with wide business interests.

“When Tokyo (Sexwale) left as the Premier of Gauteng, I took over as his deputy and when President Mbeki was recalled, we put (Motlanthe) Kgalema because President Zuma was facing other challenges. So, the practice and culture in the ANC says where the leader leaves, the deputy takes over. So, there is no crisis because Ramaphosa is there as deputy,” he said.

The ANC Chief Whip in Parliament, Jackson Mthembu, has also called for the entire ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) to step down.

Meanwhile, another court battle against Parliament is looming if it fails to schedule another motion of no confidence submitted by the Democratic Alliance (DA), the leading opposition party, against President Jacob Zuma.

The party says it is seriously considering taking legal action against Parliament for failing to schedule its motion of no confidence in President Zuma.

DA Chief Whip in Parliament John Steenhuisen said the party had been sent from pillar to post by both the Speaker of the National Assembly and officials of the institution with no commitment to officially schedule the motion.

“So what we are going to do, if Parliament fails to schedule this motion, is to seek legal recourse to force Parliament to table this important motion. We have done it before when we take the Speaker to court when she failed to table the motion of no confidence in time and we will not hesitate to ensure this crucial motion is debated in this critical juncture in our political system.”

Senior Political Analyst Keith Gottschalk says the public calls by senior ANC members for President Zuma to step down provided an insight about possible unhappiness by a majority of the party members, including its National Executive Committee.

Gottschalk said the utterances made by senior ANC members against President Zuma were symptoms of individual frustration against a collective decision to defend the president.

“Well, we have seen in the (Public) Protector’s report that the president has mentioned to one individual that you must help the Guptas. In another case, the MP complained directly to the president that the Guptas have offered him the Cabinet ministership on condition that she forced the South African Airways to hand the route to the Guptas and that is clearly the individual responsibility that none else can be held responsible.”