DA calls for Parliament to be dissolved

DA calls for Parliament to be dissolved

Baleka Mbete, the speaker of parliament, made a surprise decision Monday to hold the ballot in secret after a campaign by the opposition who hope to encourage ANC members to vote against their leader without fear of intimidation.

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.

The motion was defeated by 198 votes to 177.

In recent weeks, two ANC lawmakers who publicly said they meant to vote against Zuma were quickly censured by the party.

"It is their own imagination".

On Tuesday, a jubilant Zuma asserted that the ANC is supported by "the overwhelming majority". They knew they had won and their President was safe, for now.

"This planned motion by the DA shows that the DA does not respect our democracy and the electorate of South Africa", said Nonceba Mhlauli, spokesperson of the Office of the ANC Chief Whip.




"The ANC would be at war with itself, with little or no prospect of it facing the electorate in 2019 in one piece". "He is mortally wounded and his party is in tatters".

The opposition needed 50 members of the ANC to vote against the President, but there were not enough defectors.

The opposition parties especially the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had held that ANC members would vote against the president once the vote was anonymously carried out.

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.

Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa, a unionist-turned-business tycoon, is viewed as her most likely rival after ANC alliance partners trade union federation Cosatu and the South African Communist Party (SACP) endorsed him for the top post.

The call for the eighth motion of no confidence in Zuma came after he reshuffled his Cabinet on 30 March, a move that saw then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, sacked. He has been under fire for numerous allegations of corruption. Almost 28 per cent of the workforce is unemployed, according to figures published Monday.

Widespread frustration over Mr Zuma has hurt the ANC, the former liberation movement that has led South Africa since the end of white minority rule and the first all-race elections in 1994.

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