Zuma survives vote of no confidence

South Africa president Jacob Zuma has survived another vote of no confidence in that country’s parliament.

Jacob Zuma

Of 384 votes 177 were in favour of the vote of no confidence while 198 voted against. 9 abstained.

That means 21 African National Congress MPs voted in favour of removing Zuma from power.

While the result was expected, the crossing of the floor will create chatter. SA TV channel ANN7 said the ANC expected as many as 35 to cross over which would still not be enough to topple Zuma.

By our reckoning, this was a calculated move by the ruling party to put this issue to bed as it heads for an elective congress later this year.

The ANC in a statement said:

The Parliamentary Caucus of the African National Congress welcomes Parliament’s rejection of the DA’s motion of no confidence in President Zuma in the National Assembly today. While we respect the right of any party to table a motion of no confidence in terms of section 102 (2) of the Constitution, we reiterate that we will never endorse or vote in favour of any motion that seeks to cripple our country.

This motion marks the eighth attempt by the DA to remove the ANC government through a soft coup in Parliament. It has been the publicly stated intention of the opposition to manipulate the Legislature, usurp the Constitution, so as to collapse Government, deter service delivery and sow seeds of chaos in society to ultimately grab power.

As we have stated, we have full confidence in our members of parliament to defeat this motion. We have successfully now done so.

It will be interesting to see what happens from here.