President Zuma Assures that Attempts against ANC will Never Succeed

11 August, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Zuma to face no-confidence vote, this time by secret ballot

Former president Mbeki, now in Nairobi as an African Union observer of the ongoing Kenyan elections, told journalists today that the secret ballot was a chance for the MPs to "vote honestly" and "vote with their conscience". The secret ballot method was seen an increasing the likelihood of his ouster.

"That said, most votes for a ANC new party leader are made by local branches, where Mr. Zuma appears more popular", Jackson added. They knew they had won and their President was safe, for now.

Zuma has been engulfed by corruption allegations while in office.

"One of the things that is critical is that it became clear in the end, and of course we don't move these motions for no reasons - I do want Zuma to be removed". The party will meet in December to choose his successor.

But senior ANC leaders and most analysts believe the president will survive the vote given the party's large parliamentary majority.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, the leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema - who, like his fellow members, was dressed in red - said his party's goal wasn't to remove a democratically elected leader. According to the South Africa Constitution, if he loses, Zuma and his entire cabinet would have to step down and the speaker of Parliament would take up the presidency for 30 days.

This is the eighth time Mr Zuma has survived a no-confidence vote.

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Previous attempts in parliament to unseat Zuma over accusations of corruption and cronyism had been carried out through public votes.

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

Demonstrations both for and against the 75-year-old Zuma, who has led South Africa since 2009, took place in front of the parliament building in Cape Town before the vote. It was the eight such vote but the first to be conducted through a secret ballot.

The ANC, in a statement released shortly after the vote, said that the result was "a resounding defeat of the motion of no confidence in President Zuma and our cabinet" and that "the biggest victor of today's event is our constitutional dispensation".

Ahead of the vote, the opposition DA (Democratic Alliance) ran a campaign targeting ANC members who were supposedly unhappy with their leadership.

When commenting the result on Tuesday night, Zuma noted that the repeated attempts to remove the ANC from the government "will never succeed".

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