January 21, 2018

South Africa's Zuma faces secret no-confidence vote

11 August 2017, 12:39 | Kara Nash

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma faces a no confidence vote

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma faces a no confidence vote

Debating the motion in the National Assembly on Thursday, political parties blasted Zuma, calling him corrupt and a Gupta president.

The ANC is expected to replace him as party leader when it meets in December.

Zuma won the presidential election in 2009 and 2014, but has faced a number of no-confidence votes in the past due to accusations of corruption and mismanaging the economy.

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa, whose party took the secret ballot matter to the Constitutional Court, appealed to all MPs to use the opportunity to do the right thing.

While Mr Zuma's term continues until elections in 2019, there have been calls from within the ANC for him to quit earlier and allow the party to build up support before the vote. Dubbed the "Teflon" president, he has survived a half dozen no-confidence votes. He has been under fire for numerous allegations of corruption. The ANC holds 246 parliamentary seats, but several members have already indicated publicly that they will vote against Zuma. But because five parliament seats are now vacant, the opposition wants the count to be based on 395 seats instead. It was the eight such vote but the first to be conducted through a secret ballot.

"I would like to thank you very much", Zuma told supporters.

When commenting the result on Tuesday night, Zuma noted that the repeated attempts to remove the ANC from the government "will never succeed". He's both president of the country and his political party, the African National Congress.

FOR now Msholozi still remains the President of the Republic of South Africa.

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The no-confidence vote was proposed by the DA in April after Zuma fired respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan, prompting two ratings agencies to downgrade South Africa's credit rating to junk.

The 400-member Parliament is dominated by ANC MPs. A similar replacement process kicked into gear after the ANC recalled former President Thabo Mbeki in 2008.

The DA's chief whip, John Steenhuisen said, in an interview with Bloomberg, that "breakaways, abstentions, and failures to pitch on the day" would make it hard for the opposition to secure enough numbers to remove Zuma from office.

He said: 'It places the responsibility of the motion of no confidence squarely on the shoulders of the men and women who sit in the National Assembly'.

The draft also says Zuma has "lost all sense of rationality and sound judgment".

"It's time for a new beginning that will bring total change in South Africa".

"The party will spin this as a win, but it's a weak victory", said independent analyst Daniel Silke, after at least 30 of the 249 ANC lawmakers voted to oust the president.

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