South Africa’s President Zuma survives another confidence vote

By Crystal Orderson
Posted on Tuesday, 1 March 2016 16:58

The ruling African National Congress predictably defended their leader, describing the motion as frivolous and that they were “rebutting a very silly motion”.

Despite emotional pleas from opposition politicians on why Zuma should be removed, the no confidence vote was dismissed, as the ANC has a parliamentary majority in a legislature that more often than not votes on partisan lines.

Zuma sold out when he manipulated the National Prosecuting Authority to withdraw 783 charges of corruption and money laundering

Despite the failure, it was a chance for politicians to raise some serious issues about the state of governance in the country.

Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane said South Africa was going through one of its most testing periods and Zuma was not an honourable man.

“So many people feel so hopeless and – our people are on the ropes, parents with children are fearful for their children for the direction we heading in,” he said. “Every one of the 8.2 million unemployed people feel their dreams are dimished every day the president stays in office.

“Zuma sold out when he manipulated the National Prosecuting Authority to withdraw 783 charges of corruption and money laundering. We are in court fighting today to have the charges reinstated […] you cannot hide from justice because you are the president.”

Maimane said what the county needed was a president with a vision and who strives to unite all South Africans, “a president with a moral conviction and leads by example – Zuma is not that President and it’s our duty to remove him”.

Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters party did not participate in the vote of no confidence motion.

Former ANC chief whip, Matole Motshega accused Maimane of employing dirty apartheid tricks to mislead the nation. “Dirty tricks are immoral and unethical, and for a pastor (Miamane) to use dirty tricks in this house is unfortunate,” he said. Motshekga was interjected and was asked to stick to the no motion debate and not to debate the DA leader.

The United Democratic Movement’s Bantu Holomisa said that that ruling party has a duty to act in the nation’s best interest.

The ANC’s Pule Mabe spoke against using a secret ballot in the vote, describing it as dangerous and warned that it could backfire with disgruntled DA MPs voting with the ANC.

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