South African President Survives No-Confidence Vote In Parliament

South African President Survives No-Confidence Vote In Parliament

South African President Survives No-Confidence Vote In Parliament

On Tuesday afternoon in Parliament, members of the National Assembly cast a secret vote during the motion of no confidence, which was preceeded by a heated debate in which opposition parties urged ANC members to be led by their conscience.

Cape Town - The ANC's parliamentary caucus feels vindicated that it defeated the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in the light of DA leader Mmusi Maimane's call on Wednesday that Parliament be dissolved, which would result in early elections if it were to succeed.

"We will never endorse or vote in favour of any motion that seeks to cripple our country", the ANC said, calling the vote an attempt to remove the party from power.

South African Speaker of the Parliament Baleka Mbete made a surprise decision on Monday to hold the ballot in secret after a campaign by the opposition who hope to encourage ANC members to vote against their leader without fear of intimidation. Yesterday's vote marked the ninth no-confidence vote that the South African President has survived.

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The decision to hold the vote came against a background of high levels of unemployment, resentment at South Africa's enduring inequality and economic stagnation. "It is their own imagination", an euphoric Zuma told a cheering crowd outside parliament in Cape Town after the result was announced.

GRANITZ: The 75-year-old Zuma has been dogged by scandal and allegations of corruption during his time in office.

Zuma has survived eight no confidence motion in the past seven years.

Mr Zuma's tenure as South Africa's president is due to run until 2019 when national elections will be held.

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The president's supporters said his removal would send the country into chaos amid a leadership vacuum.

Some party members denounced those who voted against Zuma as sellouts, and chief whip Jackson Mthembu said the party would consider disciplining them.

"They believe they could use technicalities in parliament to take over the majority from the ANC".

Criticism of Zuma increased following the sacking of the widely-respected finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, in March 2017. Peter Granitz reports from the capital, Pretoria, that while Zuma stays on as president, he has lost the support of some members of his party.

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She claimed the motion of no confidence was the work of an "insurrectionist opposition" whose main aim was to "sow seeds of chaos in society to ultimately grab power".

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