Zuma Survives No Confidence Motion

Jerome Frank
August 11, 2017

South African President Jacob Zuma faces a no-confidence vote by secret ballot in parliament Tuesday, with opponents hoping that discontented ANC lawmakers could help oust him from office.

Mosiuoa Lekota, leader of opposition party Congress of the People, described the secret ballot against the President as "groundbreaking".

On Tuesday, Zuma survived the eighth motion of no confidence in him.

Maimane said South Africa's current problems, including an economic recession and the extent of corruption allegations against Zuma, ministers and key institutions, constituted extraordinary circumstances that justified early elections.

The African National Congress has 249 seats in the 400-seat parliament and the opposition controls 151 seats.

After the president resigns, the parliamentary Speaker would become acting president and the national assembly would then have to elect a new president from its members within 30 days.

Zuma, 75, is due to step down as head of the ANC in December, and as president before the 2019 general election - lessening pressure for his party to trigger imminent change.

The opposition has said it will bring a motion to parliament for the assembly to be dissolved and general elections held, in its hope of building on its showing at local elections previous year, when the ANC's lost major cities in its worst election performance since the end of apartheid.

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Several ANC members of parliament who publicly stated that they would vote with the opposition for Zuma's removal received death threats, while others had said that they would vote with their conscience on the day.

The Zuma camp branded the motion an imperialist inspired move but the proponents argued that the current establishment had been held hostage by the influential Gupta family.

Leader of the Opposition Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, said it was time to stand up.

UPDATE: President Zuma has survived yet another motion of no confidence with 198 MPs supporting him and 177 against.

"You are trying to get a majority you do not have, by saying secret ballot, I think it's unfair, because you are trying to increase a majority you don't have, " he said.

The motion, submitted by the Democratic Alliance, accused Zuma of "derelict leadership" and said the president has "lost all sense of rationality".

South Africa's rand weakened almost 1.5 percent immediately after the news of Zuma's victory, with markets perceiving his survival as a negative. Marches against Zuma and, by the ANC Cape Town region, for Zuma.

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

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