CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua)
-- South African President
Jacob Zuma on Tuesday survived a no confidence motion by
Speaker Baleka Mbete announced that 198 MPs voted
against the motion, while 177 voted in favor and nine
MPs of the
ruling African National Congress (ANC) burst into
applause when the result was announced.
MPs walked out of the chamber, looking crestfallen.
Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane vowed to continue the
struggle to remove Zuma from office.
anti-Zuma protesters who gathered outside Parliament,
anxiously waiting for the result, expressed
disappointment over the outcome.
crowds of ANC supporters waiting outside Parliament were
jubilant when hearing the news.
“This was a
victory not only for Zuma but also for the ANC and the
country,” Swowan Laura, a middle school teacher, told
survived eight no confidence motion in the past seven
years. But this was the first time that a no confidence
motion was conducted through secret ballot.
parties had been pushing for a secret ballot so as to
encourage ANC MPs to support the motion.
gave the green light to the secret ballot on Monday, the
ANC said it has full confidence in the loyalty of the
ANC MPs when voting in the no confidence motion.
“We do not
nor have we ever doubted their loyalty and discipline in
relation to the decisions of the movement,” the ANC
of Tuesday’s voting once again showed the unity of the
ANC and the loyalty of ANC MPs to the organization, an
ANC MP said on condition of anonymity.
He said that
by defeating the motion, South Africa has avoided
Constitution, if Zuma was removed, the whole cabinet
would resign, and if no candidate was chosen from MPs
within 30 days to succeed Zuma, general elections would
be held in 90 days.
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.
vote, the ANC congratulated the Parliament for its
robust engagement in the National Assembly that resulted
in the “resounding defeat” of the motion of no
confidence in Zuma and the cabinet.
regards it as paramount that not just the elected
representatives, but all South Africans are able to
engage on the most critical issues facing the country
without fear of favor, ANC national spokesperson Zizi
victor of today’s event is our constitutional
dispensation. It once again reaffirms the ANC’s position
as the leader of society in that the country’s MP’s are
able to exercise this critical constitutional provision
aimed at safeguarding our democracy,” said Kodwa.