Allegations of presidential corruption still dog South Africa's economy

  • Allegations of presidential corruption still dog South Africa's economy

Allegations of presidential corruption still dog South Africa's economy

Immediately following the vote, a defiant and buoyant Zuma thanked the ANC faithful who gathered outside Parliament to show support. The ANC has led South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994, but the party's support has declined in each of the last three elections.

It'll be the sixth time the embattled African National Congress (ANC) leader has had to contend with a vote of no confidence. Zuma, a polygamist and father of more than 20 children, also faces more than 783 allegations of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal.

The Democratic Alliance said after the vote that "the majority of the ANC have chosen corruption, looting" over the country's interests.

Mbete had earlier ruled that the vote should - unlike other no-confidence votes Zuma faced - be by secret ballot, a decision the opposition hoped would embolden ANC members who are unhappy with Zuma to vote against him.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen added, "We are the official opposition in South Africa".

The next presidential election is slated for 2019. DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday. "We have never doubted... this motion was never about President Jacob Zuma, it was about collapsing government".

Maimane told the National Assembly he knew that former president Nelson Mandela would have had the courage to vote with the opposition to remove Zuma from power.

Later that month, the parliament failed to pass a vote of no-confidence regarding Zuma, the results of which were 214 votes against and 126 in favor.

South Africa's main opposition party is accusing President Jacob Zuma of "derelict leadership" in its draft resolution in parliament asking for his removal from office. He replaced ministers and deputy ministers, including his respected finance minister, Pravan Gordhan, with mostly loyalists and political allies.

According to the head of State, no one has ever received so many votes in South Africa as the ANC (which won more than 11 million votes in the 2012 election).

But the ANC - which holds a large majority in parliament - welcomed the decision to hold the vote by secret ballot and said it expected the no-confidence motion to fail.

Protests have hit Gauteng on the morning of the vote of no confidence. "It is clear that Jacob Zuma has sold our country out including his own party".

Zuma has appeared to be on the back foot for most of the year.