Zuma survives no confidence vote, opposition vow to step up pressure

Aaron Brown
August 10, 2017

Cape Town, Aug 9 (IANS) South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday survived a no confidence motion by secret ballot.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane told a media briefing the motion would be tabled on Thursday, two days after the opposition won significant support from ANC MPs for a motion of no confidence in embattled President Jacob Zuma, but not enough for it to be passed by the National Assembly. "2019 cannot come soon enough and that's why we need to ensure that what was clear today (Tuesday), the sooner we can get rid of the ANC, the better it will be for the people of South Africa".

Voting booths are brought into the South African parliament prior to a motion of no confidence vote against South African President Jacob Zuma in a sitting of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa 08 August 2017.

That underlines the control Zuma exerts over the party, despite accelerating allegations of influence-peddling and corruption, a Wall Street Journal report noted earlier this year. The no-confidence motion needed 201 votes to succeed.

Mr Zuma easily survived an impeachment vote in 2016 after South Africa's highest court ruled he had breached the constitution over government funds spent renovating his private home.

Mbete had, in an eleventh hour decision, allowed voting by secret ballot, which in all likelihood emboldened ruling party MPs to defy a three-line whip and vote in favour of the motion.

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The DA leader said the party would continue to pursue legal action against Zuma and other members of the executive involved in state capture.

After the result, Mr Zuma went outside parliament to thank his supporters.

Meanwhile EFF leader Julius Malema made an impassioned plea to the ANC's younger MPs and members of the ANC Youth League to think about their future when casting their votes.

"They believe they could use technicalities in parliament to take over the majority from the ANC". "We will vote this afternoon to make sure he leaves", he said.

Criticism increased following the sacking of the widely-respected finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, in March.

The motion, submitted by the Democratic Alliance, accused Zuma of "derelict leadership" and said the president has "lost all sense of rationality". Experts say that the process only reveals the cracks within the ANC party and the increasing number of MPs who are against Zuma.

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