South Africa's Zuma survives attempt to oust him

Casey Dawson
August 11, 2017

South African president Jacob Zuma survived a no-confidence vote held by the country's parliament on Tuesday.

Members of Parliament (MPs) were allowed to vote by way of a secret ballot following a heated debate.

But despite this, it seems up to 30 ANC MPs heeded the call to vote against Mr Zuma, who stands accused of widespread corruption and incompetence.

Mbete, the speaker of parliament, made a surprise decision Monday to hold the ballot in secret after a campaign by the opposition who hoped to encourage ANC members to vote against their leader without fear of intimidation.

Parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete decided to make the secret ballot after an opposition party moved the case to the Constitutional Court to enable more ANC members of parliament to break party ranks, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, many groups called for protests ahead of the vote, with the ANC in the Dullah Omar Region applied for 15,000 participants to march from the Grand Parade to Parliament, according to City of Cape Town spokesperson Hayley van der Woude. "It is hard to defeat the ANC", he said to applause.

Earlier, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane told MPs that it was their choice to do what was best for the country.

South African President Jacob Zuma survived the sixth push for a vote of no confidence Tuesday - and for the first time, the vote was held by secret ballot.

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"It went to the wire because there are only 11 votes that divide us", Holomisa said. The party is expected to replace Zuma as ANC president at a meeting in December.

The 400-member Parliament is dominated by ANC MPs.

"The ANC rejects this motion with the contempt it deserves", deputy chief whip Doris Dlakude said in reply to Maimane's attack.

"When one combines ongoing political risk, a technical recession and emerging concerns over potential political interference in the hallowed ground of monetary policy, it creates a picture that sellers will remain in control of the South African Rand", Ahmad added.

The party has also vowed to continue with its legal action against Zuma, and will be joining the EFF's impeachment proceedings at the Constitutional Court.

Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa, a unionist-turned-business tycoon, is viewed as her most likely rival after ANC alliance partners trade union federation Cosatu and the South African Communist Party (SACP) endorsed him for the top post.

"I have faced seven kinds of vote of no confidence". Let's fight an election for the future of our country, and let's do it now.

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