South Africa's President Zuma faces no-confidence vote

Katrina Barker
August 11, 2017

And there was an ANC parliamentary caucus meeting ahead of the vote, with Zuma in attendance, but not speaking. Opposition parties had hoped it would encourage disgruntled ANC legislators to vote against him.

Zuma's term as South Africa's president is due to run until 2019. So far he's survived three failed votes and two unsuccessful motions.

The UDM, DA and EFF asked Mbete to schedule a motion of no confidence in Zuma, with the UDM later asking her to prescribe a secret ballot. He has been under fire for numerous allegations of corruption.

There are 400 members of parliament (MPs) and to pass a vote of no confidence, 201 votes are needed. But because five parliament seats are now vacant, the opposition wants the count to be based on 395 seats instead.

"Either we allow one family, aided and abetted by the President to take everything from us or on behalf of the people of South Africa we take our country back", opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said in an emotional speech that opened the debate on the motion Tuesday.

"The vote is secret but your conscience will remain with you".

Ramaphosa is viewed as more investor friendly and has pledged to fight the corruption that has plagued Zuma's tenure. If it succeeds, he must resign immediately. The rand, bonds and banking shares surged after Ms Mbete's announcement, buoyed by the prospect of Mr Zuma's removal.

The scandal-hit 75-year-old thanked a crowd of supporters in Cape Town and dismissed attacks against his African National Congress party, which has been plagued by in-fighting. Last year, the country's Constitutional Court ruled that the president had to return $15 million in state funds allegedly spent on upgrades to his private home unrelated to security.

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

"While the Constitution can be able to say what it says, the bottom line is this, I am a member of the African National Congress and when collectively as the ANC we make a particular decision, we go according to that decision". A similar replacement process kicked into gear after the ANC recalled former President Thabo Mbeki in 2008. He said this vote was not about political parties, but about the people of South Africa.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) announced earlier in the day that it will table a motion for the dissolution of Parliament and call for early elections.

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'.

"We will see him in court next month - on September 14 & 15, where he will have to defend himself in the Supreme Court of Appeal against the 783 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering he still faces", he said. The party is expected to replace Mr Zuma as ANC president at a meeting in December.

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