Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

South Africa's Zuma survives attempt to oust him

South Africa's Zuma survives attempt to oust him

Zuma said the ANC was projected by the opposition in that as no longer enjoying majority support.

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.

Hiding behind the secret vote, some of the 249 ANC parliamentarians supported the opposition motion, according to the result. Had he lost, he and his entire cabinet would have had to resign. There were nine abstentions in the secret ballot.

Jacob Zuma has been dogged by claims of corruption and mismanagement during his time in office.

Hundreds of anti-Zuma protesters who gathered outside Parliament, anxiously waiting for the result, expressed disappointment over the outcome.

Speaking after the no confidence vote, South Africa's President Zuma said he had come to thank his supporters and "those in parliament who had voted correctly", as cited by BBC News. Some members of the ANC called the motion a regime change orchestrated by opposition parties to oust the ANC government.

"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.

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"It went to the wire because there are only 11 votes that divide us", Holomisa said.

Urging the ANC to fire Zuma, she said it was not a motion to remove the ANC or the ANC-led government, but a move to remove Zuma.

This appears to be a part of the DA's strategy going forward, after at least 26 ANC MPs voted against the party in yesterday's vote.

South African parliament began debate in the no-confidence motion against Zuma, with both treasury and opposition benches making speeches in support of their respective arguments.

Last week ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu acknowledged recent criticism of the party, including the impact of a cabinet reshuffle in March when respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan was replaced with a Zuma loyalist.

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

Academic and political analyst Richard Calland said the ANC's victory would prove shortlived because the party's woes were confirmed by a "not insignificant" number of its members casting their ballots with the opposition camp.

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