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South Africa ruling ANC denounces plan to dissolve Parliament

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday denounced a plan by the opposition to dissolve Parliament to pave way for early elections.

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.
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South African President Jacob Zuma | Coastweek

  This came one day after the ANC defeated a no confidence motion against President Jacob Zuma through secret ballot.

In the voting, 198 MPs were against the motion, while 177 supported it and nine abstained.

A total of 384 MPs took part in the voting.

The DA expressed disappointment with the result, saying Zuma survived yet again due to the protection by the ANC that elected him twice and shielded him from accountability countless times.

"We believe the voters should now have the chance to express their opinion about the conduct of the ANC in defending Jacob Zuma.

"In short, we believe that Parliament should be dissolved now so that the country can hold an early election," DA leader Mmusi Maimane said at a press conference in Cape Town.

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- South African President Jacob Zuma [front center] addresses supporters of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) after he survived a no confidence motion in Cape Town. XINHUA PHOTO - JACO MARAIS
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The ANC, however, called the DA’s plan "a ploy", which "exposes what the ANC has always stated that the motion of no confidence in Zuma is not about the president but an attempt at regime change through Parliament."

"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 DA has no regard for the will of the people as expressed through the outcomes of the 2014 general elections where 62 percent of the electorate gave the ANC a mandate to govern this country until the next general elections, said Mhlauli.

"We will defeat this planned motion as we have defeated all other attempts by the opposition to overthrow our popularly elected government," he said.

The DA’s motion will be tabled in Parliament on Thursday, according to Maimane.

Maimane said the DA will ensure that the motion be debated and voted on as soon as practically possible.

"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.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

South Africa Defence Minister slams anti-Zuma
no confidence motion as attempt to topple ANC

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- A no confidence motion against President Jacob Zuma is an attempt to topple the ruling African National Congress (ANC), Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday.

The opposition is doing all it can to divide the ANC and their attemp to remove Zuma amouts to a coup, the minister said in a debate on the anti-Zuma no confidence motion.

Zuma’s fate hangs on the parliamentarians who would vote later in the day in the motion by secret ballot.

Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete announced her decision on the secret ballot on Monday, the first time for an anti-Zuma no confidence motion to be conducted in secrecy.

Zuma has survived seven no confidence in the past seven years, all conducted by open ballot.

Opposition parties have been pushing for a secret ballot so as to encourage ANC MPs to support the motion.

Mapisa-Nqakula said opposition parties are trying to woo ANC MPs to help them topple the ANC through the no confidence motion.

She said she has the duty to defend the ANC.

Mapisa-Nqakula accused the opposition of using other tactics to remove the ANC.

"Let’s go to the general elections," she said, adding that the ANC has received more votes since 1994.

The ANC is the choice of voters which must be respected, the minister said.

"Our task as the ANC is to grow economy and fight crime and corruption, but opposition wants to divide us," she said.

As the debate was going on, hundreds of anti-Zuma protesters were gathering outside Parliament, anxiously waiting for the result of the vote.

Crowds of ANC supporters were also there to show their support for Zuma.

The 400-member Parliament is dominated by ANC MPs.

Toppling Zuma requires 50 of the 249 ANC MPs to support the no-confidence motion.

The ANC has warned that any of its MPs who support the anti-Zuma no confidence motion risk being disciplined by the party, insisting that removing Zuma from office would not be in the best interest of the country.
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South African ruling party confident of its MPs’ loyalty in face of secret ballot

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Monday voiced full confidence in the loyalty of its MPs when voting in a no confidence motion by secret ballot against President Jacob Zuma.

"We do not nor have we ever doubted their loyalty and discipline in relation to the decisions of the movement," the party said in response to a decision by Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete to allow a secret ballot in the upcoming anti-Zuma no confidence motion.

Mbete announced the decision earlier on Monday "after taking due political, legal and constitutional input."

"The ANC is on the record having said that the organization will accept and abide with any decision that the Speaker takes in this regard, having duly applied herself to the considerations before her," ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

The ANC has no doubt that this frivolous motion, scheduled for Tuesday, "will fail like many before it," said Kodwa.

The opposition in South Africa exists for no other reason except to oppose the leadership, policies and programs of the ANC which have been proven through independent research to have advanced the cause of the black majority and are progressively working to create a better life for all South Africans, Kodwa said.

"The ANC welcomes the opportunity to once again use the occasion of the debate on the motion of no confidence to speak to these successes which are daily lived reality for many of our people," he added.

Opposition parties have been pushing for a secret ballot so as to encourage ANC MPs to vote with the opposition to remove Zuma from office.

But the ANC has warned that any of its MPs who support the anti-Zuma no confidence motion risk being disciplined by the party, insisting that removing Zuma from office would not be in the best interest of the country.

The 400-member Parliament is dominated by ANC MPs.

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

Toppling Zuma requires 50 of the 249 ANC MPs to support the no-confidence motion.

Some ANC MPs have indicated that they would vote with their conscience instead of the party line.

A recent survey of market and political analysts by financial holding company Nomura shows that most of those surveyed believe that the no confidence motion would fail regardless of whether it ends up being a secret vote or not.
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SEE ALSO:

South African President Zuma surviving 'No Confidence' motion

ANC Chief Whip warn consequences removing President Zuma

           

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