Thursday, 19 October, 2017

South African Opposition Says Zuma No-Confidence Vote Means ANC Party 'Death'

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma faces a no confidence vote President of South Africa Jacob Zuma faces a no confidence vote
Lillian Steele | 11 August, 2017, 00:36

"Overall, though, around 60-70 ANC MPs (out of a total of 249 ANC MPs) would probably need to rebel for the motion to pass", Jackson said in a note.

"It is the DA's view that this is the most appropriate way to ensure a legitimate government is in place, one which the people of South Africa have full confidence in", he said.

Neither Dlamini-Zuma, 67, or Ramaphosa, 64, have declared their intention to run.

As head of the party that led South Africa out of apartheid, Zuma won the presidential election in 2009 and 2014, but has been dogged by criminal investigations and corruption allegations. Debating the motion in the National Assembly on Thursday, political parties blasted Zuma, calling him corrupt and a Gupta president.

"His support for Dlamini-Zuma is damaging".

Last year, the opposition lost a vote of no confidence by 253 votes to 143, after attempting to prove Zuma "violated the constitution" by using state funds to renovate his homestead in Nkandla.

In the past year, President Zuma has upset investors, in particular by removing popular finance minister Pravin Gordhan. Almost 70% of earnings generated by companies in South Africa's Top 40 index are derived in foreign currency, so a weakening rand would be positive for the index's movements.

However, the outcome of the vote paints a complicated picture.

"I have faced seven kinds of vote of no confidence".

The speaker of parliament, Baleka Mbete, had ruled the ballot should be secret, a decision the opposition hoped would embolden ANC members unhappy with Zuma to vote against him.

ANC MPs who had spoken out against the President in the lead up to the vote had received death threats and were given police protection. This will be the eighth such vote in Zuma's tenor as president, although this time there is a clear factional divide within the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

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

Zuma has survived seven no confidence motions which were conducted by open ballot.

'They are pumping propaganda through the media that the ANC is no longer supported by the people.

The ANC leadership election in December will involve thousands of members and at least 90 percent will come from ANC branches where Zuma is strong.

Ramaphosa's main rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Zuma's former wife, would not be eligible as she is not a lawmaker at present.

ANC supporters march ahead of the vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town, South Africa, August 8, 2017. And despite street protests, opposition maneuvering, and defections from his own party, he has always refused to step down voluntarily.

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