South Africa's president survives latest no-confidence vote amidst allegations of corruption

  • South Africa's president survives latest no-confidence vote amidst allegations of corruption

South Africa's president survives latest no-confidence vote amidst allegations of corruption

Referring to the close relationship between Zuma, his family and the Gupta family, Plouamma said: "We can not be led by someone who opens the door to pirates".

ANC parliamentarians broke into song as the result was announced and party supporters outside began dancing.

Opposition parties believed this would increase the motion's prospects of success.
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The draft of the motion by the Democratic Alliance has been tweeted by parliament. Its character as a movement of the people lost as it settled on the narrow identity of protecting only party and president on Tuesday.

"Now, today, we got people on the other side, confirming they were scared to vote with us ... secret ballot was necessary".

There are 400 members of parliament (MPs) and to pass a vote of no confidence, 201 votes are needed.

However, Tuesday's vote of no confidence, which was held in secret, makes it clear that the ruling party will not allow opposition parties to dictate how it resolves its internal problems. Last week, the Huffington Post reported that the SACP's lawmakers will support Zuma even though it's called for him to step down.

"I never imagined that one day I would be here, in this Parliament, fighting a new form of oppression - a corrupt system that keeps our people imprisoned in poverty", said DA leader Mmusi Maimane opening the debate.

"While Zuma's position is becoming increasingly precarious, which could be rand positive going forward, we think it may be too early to look at potential rand appreciation now", Maggio said. Several of them were singing while walking out of the session.

The numerous attempts to dislodge Zuma from office have led to some confusion over how many no-confidence votes he has faced. A court challenge to reinstate the graft process in now underway.

IIn addition to allegations of influence-peddling for the Gupta family, Zuma also sparked outrage by firing popular Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December 2015, and replacing him with an unknown but loyal legislator.

Mr Zuma easily survived an impeachment vote in 2016 after South Africa's highest court ruled he had breached the constitution over government funds spent renovating his private home.

At that time Zuma is constitutionally obliged to stand down as South Africa's president.