Jacob Zuma Survives Vote of No Confidence in SA Parliament

Randolph Lopez
Августа 11, 2017

The reputation of Mr Zuma, who spent a decade in prison for his anti-apartheid activities and has been popular among some South Africans for his personal warmth and populist policies, has been tarnished by allegations of impropriety. The party will meet in December to choose his successor.

The secret vote could embolden some ANC members who are critical of Mr Zuma to vote against a leader whom the opposition accuse of corruption and mismanaging the economy. Some members of his own party voted against Zuma.

The opposition parties especially the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had held that ANC members would vote against the president once the vote was anonymously carried out.

Previous attempts in parliament to unseat Zuma over accusations of corruption and cronyism had been carried out through public votes. But because five parliament seats are now vacant, the opposition wants the count to be based on 395 seats instead.

Several opposition parties will lead a protest to the national assembly in Cape Town on Tuesday ahead of the parliamentary session due to begin at 2:00 pm (1200 GMT). He has survived such votes in the past, but this is the first to use a secret ballot.

Zuma has always been dogged by accusations of corruption.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said it was significant that a number of ANC MPs had been prepared to join forces with the opposition to force Zuma out of office.

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FOR now Msholozi still remains the President of the Republic of South Africa. "In short, we believe that parliament should be dissolved now so that the country can hold an early election".

The parliament has 400 members with an outright majority of over 240 belonging to the ruling party. A similar replacement process kicked into gear after the ANC recalled former President Thabo Mbeki in 2008.

Maimane was speaking at a press briefing in Parliament today, after yesterday's eighth motion of no confidence vote saw President Jacob Zuma remain at the helm, but by a smaller margin.

At the time, she said she had no authority in law or in terms of the rules of Parliament to determine that a secret ballot be used.

The Rand was previously showing signs of strengthening on indications that President Zuma would be ousted, but the currency quickly lost all gains following the news that he had survived a "no confidence" vote for the 8th time. If the motion succeeds, he must resign.

The secret ballot vote was endorsed by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete who qualified the decision as being in the best interests of the country.

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